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Ford makes a big impression with the new full-electric Mach-E

The new Mach-E

The new Mach-E

The dashboard in the Ford Mach-E is really something to behold

The dashboard in the Ford Mach-E is really something to behold

Daragh Keany

Welcome back Ford. Oh how we’ve missed you.

Okay, so some purists think it is an abomination that Ford has the audacity to put a Mustang badge on their latest EV, but believe me…when you spend a week behind the wheel of the new Mach-E you know why they made the brave decision.

This stunning head turner is Ford’s latest vehicle to hit showrooms and after a lot of build up and speculation Motormouths finally got a proper test drive in it this week.

Now, it is fair to say that Ford has been left behind a bit when it comes to technology and future proofing the brand as other manufacturers churn out numerous EVs, PHEVs and BEVs.

But cynics (I was one too) can now eat a giant slice of humble pie as the brand has given us this beauty that is fun and comfortable to drive and is rammed full of a quirky gadgets and clever tech features.

Like the 10-digit access code on the door (if you lose your key) or the lack of door handles at all anywhere on the car. Touch buttons are so 2022 don’t you know!

The lack of grille (this is an EV after all) means that the iconic horse sits proudly on a clear sheet of metal and it comes with more than a sprinkle of wow factor.

Throw in some sublime angles and wheel arches, blacked out rear windows and enough road clearance to leave you in no doubt that this ain’t no ordinary run-around electric vehicle. And it gets even better when you step inside.

The dashboard in the Ford Mach-E is really something to behold

The dashboard in the Ford Mach-E is really something to behold

I could have sat in this car for hours on end, day after day and still loved it as much as I did when I first got lucky enough to drive it away from the showroom seven days earlier.

One of my legacy bugbears about Fords is their infotainment system. It just doesn’t cut it in today’s market so I am glad to announce that they have completed an entire shift change and now have the biggest (and possibly best) touchscreen in any car I’ve ever driven.

Devoid of Tesla-style gimmickry, the 15.5-inch portrait-style touchscreen houses the SYNC 4 infotainment system and it is utterly brilliant. Everything you need is there and it is all easy to find and navigate. It’s actually fun to use.

There is also a lovely-looking rotary volume dial set into the screen at the bottom. It looks better than it feels to be honest; a minor gripe and certainly not a deal breaker.

There is loads of space in this cabin no matter where you sit, and the seats are good to look at as well as touch. They are clad in vegan-friendly Sensico ‘pleather’ and there is a subtle red stitching to give it a bit of a pop.

But what is it like to drive? Well, there are four main drivetrain and battery specs. These are the single-motor RWD models, with either the standard range battery or the extended range pack. Then there are the dual-motor AWD versions (again in standard or extended range).

My test car, an AWD extended range, came with a whopping 540km of range (there’s a 610km range version too by the way) which was plenty of fuel-free miles to get me through my week.

It’s good on the battery too by the way and while I only clocked up 250km this week I did manage to open her up on the motorway a few times which will hit the range harder than my usual Monday to Friday Driving Miss Daisy style commutes to and from the kids’ school.

And whether you agree or not with the Mustang badging here you will be glad to know that there is an ‘Untamed’ drive mode that offers up a little bit of a roar from the engine, albeit fake, to satisfy any nostalgic throw backs to the original.

It is possibly unfair to compare a zero-emissions SUV to a 5 litre V8 muscle car but the badging can do that to you. What I am trying to say is that you won’t get the hairs on the back of your neck standing to attention but it is a brilliant EV to drive.

It’s a heavy EV so you are rooted to the road, even when in Untamed mode. Power is offered up in abundance. The pedal is quite sensitive, but you can’t help feel a little freaked out with how fast you can travel without actually hearing anything.

The steering is smooth and I am a huge fan of the one-pedal drive mode that has become more prevalent in EVs these days.

You get a lot of bang for your buck here too with an impressive as-standard list including adaptive LED Mustang signature headlamps, body colour bumpers, wheel arches and mirrors, rear view camera, red brake calipers, the aforementioned one-pedal drive, e-latch keyless entry system including b-pillar keypad access, hands free tailgate, 360-degree camera, a B&O premium sound system with a dashboard sound bar (yes, you read that right), full panorama roof, heated driver and passenger seats.

Starting at €53,100 (RWD standard range) I was a spicy AWD First Edition extended range (98kWh) that would have cost me €76,100. That’s a lot of money for a Ford.

But as I said at the start. This is no ordinary Ford. I had several conversations with people who all thought it was wrong to call this a Mustang. I spent more time than I should trying to convince them otherwise. I hope I have done the same with you here.

This is a beauty and while the mid-level pricing puts it higher up than a lot of EVs on the market you are getting something special here and would be lucky to own one.

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