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Reviews 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Review: Praised Because There are few Alternatives?

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Review: Praised Because There are few Alternatives?

The 2021 Mustang Mach-E is good but will be looked down on in the near future

  • 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E pricing starts at $50,495 in Canada, $42,895 in the US.

  • The Mustang Mach-E delivers what it must but little more for the price.

  • Yes, the price is a real issue.

I’m going to voice what should be a rare and unpopular opinion on the Ford Mustang Mach-E. Before I elaborate, however, I must admit that it’s slightly unfair to the Mach-E that it receives the brunt of my recent realization. And this is the gist of it: Today’s EVs will quickly grow old and be dated.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E | Photo: Olivier Delorme

Among the Mustang Mach-E’s handful of competitors, namely the Tesla Model Y, Polestar 2, Ioniq 5, and the Volkswagen ID.4, the Ford will somehow, in my opinion, age faster than the others. By dated, I mean that by mid-2023, when most owners will be just shy of three years into their 4-year lease or 5-year financing plan, they’ll find themselves with many large payments left on a vehicle that pales in some or many respects compared to the newly introduced EV SUVs from competing automakers. Here’s the main issue.

Positioning is right, pricing is off

Pricewise, the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Select starts at $50,495. This base model includes a single rear motor and a 68-kWh battery. The supplied equipment is decent with a 10.2-inch digital instrument cluster, a 15.5-inch touchscreen with Ford SYNC4, wireless smartphone charging, and more. That said, adding a second front-mounted electric motor is an extra $3,500. This works out to about $4,000 more than a Volkswagen ID.4 AWD Pro which is eligible for federal incentives.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E | Photo: Olivier Delorme

The tested Premium trim begins at $59,495 to which the AWD option must be added for a total of $62,995. At this point, the Mach-E is $5,000 more than the ID.4 AWD Pro with the Statement package and, except for a screen that is 3.5 inches larger, the VW’s got more where it counts, namely in range and in power. The larger 88-kWh battery for the Ford is a $7,000 option and will offer a good boost in power and about 35km more range than the ID.4’s base battery.

These two previous paragraphs serve to illustrate that the Ford Mustang Mach-E is too expensive. In fact, if you want the larger battery and AWD, you must select the Premium trim and, at $69,995, the Mach-E is $5 more than a Long-Range Dual Motor Tesla Model Y which offers more range and power and is arguably a more sophisticated vehicle. I get the impression Ford’s aiming at the “white space” between the Tesla and the Volkswagen but hits nothing.

It “looks” like a Mustang but it’s far more spacious

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E | Photo: Olivier Delorme

To discuss the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E’s styling and the use of the “Mustang” name is pointless. By now, everyone’s made up their minds. If for some reason, you are interested in my opinion, you can check out my video.

When it comes to the cabin, the Mach-E is fine if not overly spartan. But this is the current prevailing trim, inspired by Tesla, however, Ford’s gone with a far less elegant choice of surfaces and textures. The 15.5-inch screen is the focal point with intuitive menus and a big bonus in the form of the large integrated volume nob.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E | Photo: Olivier Delorme

Overall, the Mach-E’s cabin is quite spacious, more so in some measures than the ID.4. The Ford’s rear bench is large, and the front seats are cushy and comfortable, and there’s a decent amount of storage. The VW wins the trunk volume game with 858 litres vs. 840 for the Mach-E though the latter does offer a small yet cool and useful 133-litre frunk.

Perfectly average electric SUV

On the road, the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E handles itself quite well. The $71,145 tester was a Premium AWD with the Extended Range battery. The AWD dual-motor layout produces a total system output of 346-horsepower and 428 lb.-ft. of torque. This makes the Mach-E a quick number landing a 4.8-second 0-60mph time. While it might be fast and nearly a second quicker to 60 than the ID.4, the sense of speed once off the line is muffled due to the vehicle’s generally refined drive and its inherent weight.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E | Photo: Olivier Delorme

The provided drive modes (Whisper, Engaged, Unbridled) and though they can be fun, the most useful function available is one-pedal driving. Once consumers experience this, the idea of driving an EV will become even more appealing. Most agreeable is the Mach-E’s ride quality which, despite being tuned with a marginal emphasis on sporty driving, remains very comfortable.

Expectations, birthed mostly due to the vehicle’s name, are not quite met from the driver’s position. Steering feel is essentially non-existent, the same goes for driver involvement. Sure, the Mach-E is quick but that’s the only driving characteristic shared with the real Mustang. If expectations are managed and not influenced by the prancing horse, the Mach-E is a perfectly normal and adequate electric SUV.

Range and final word

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E | Photo: Olivier Delorme

For most, the 68-kWh battery pack’s 340-km range (with eAWD) will meet all needs. The $7,000 88-kWh battery and included extra power has its advantage but both are capable of 150 kW charging speeds, enough to go from a SOC of 10% to 80% in about 45 minutes.

The Mach-E’s estimated ranges are generally interesting but beyond offering a, once more, estimated 35km more than the Volkswagen ID.4’s 400 km however the $4,000 surcharge, among other financial considerations, make it a hard sale for me.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E | Photo: Olivier Delorme

The bottom line is if you can wait for another 12- to 18 months to purchase your new EV especially if your budget has wiggle room, you won’t regret it. Before long, options from brands like Cadillac, Nissan, Subaru, Toyota, and even Rivian (yes, I know the R1S starts at more than $90,000) will be, I’m confidently guessing, good alternatives.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E | Photo: Olivier Delorme

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E | Photo: Olivier Delorme

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Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai



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