Practicality and Boot Space
The Mustang Mach-E feels pretty spacious up front and while its swooping, coupe-like roofline might hint that it’s not especially commodious for rear passengers, it’s actually pretty comfortable, if not quite as roomy for taller folk as a properly full-sized SUV. Legroom is a little cramped in the back too if you’re trying to perch one tall adult behind another. Boot space is pretty decent, if far from class-leading, but there’s also a 100 litre "Frunk" at the front, which is plastic lined and even has a drain – perfect for muddy boots and sports kit. The rear seats fold if you need maximum luggage space, leading to an overall capacity of 1,420 litres.
There’s a good amount of oddment storage in the cabin, with the central cubby being particularly deep and capacious, while there’s plenty of other places to lose phones, wallets and suchlike in the well-thought-out interior.
It won’t take too many guesses to identify which company’s products Ford has feverishly riffed off when designing the Mach-E’s interior; the dashboard is dominated by a huge 15.5” iPad-like infotainment touch screen, and in portrait format. While it isn’t quite as all-or-nothing as the Tesla Model 3’s tech – and there is at least still a smattering of dials in front of the driver to make the initial drive less intimidating – it still collects together a few too many functions while being so large, it’s actually a little tricky knowing where to look to find the function you need, making it a distraction on the move. At least in those initial few miles when you’re figuring out its functionality.
It’ll respond to voice inputs, though, which ought to help. There’s even ‘Machine Learning’ which the car to anticipate drivers’ habits over time, learning from each user’s routines to make the navigation and communication suggestions at the right time. There’s the potential to use your smartphone as a key too, or there’s a keypad on the B-pillar, which feels very American.
Once you’ve gained access inside, there’s a wireless charging pad and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, though these can also be done by cable if you find that
easier than hooking up Bluetooth. Sitting atop the Mach-E range, the GT’s equipment list corrals together stuff that’s optional elsewhere, including a 360-degree parking camera and a 10-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio setup.
Standard safety equipment is strong, with a host of airbags and ISOFIX points as standard – ensuring this still feels like a family choice, despite the huge performance – while the Mach-E gained the full five stars in Euro NCAP crash testing, rating especially highly for its adult occupant protection, though scoring just 69 per cent for its protection of vulnerable pedstrians.
The GT is stuff with safety kit as standard, with a host of pre-collision avoidance and assist systems, blind-spot and cross-traffic monitoring, self-parking with that 360-degree camera and active cruise control with lane-keep assist and stop and go traffic ability. You might be irritated by its numerous beeps and bongs as you make progress, but at least it’s looking after you.