New 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT review

Rory White

19 Oct 2021

1/8
It's the fastest, most agile and angriest-looking Mach-E there is, but is the Ford Mustang Mach-E GT worth its porkier price? We've driven one to find out.

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75/ 100

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  • Handling
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  • Fit for purpose

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  • Battery and motor
  • Range and charging

PROS:

+ Straight-line speed

+ High-quality interior

+ Competitive price


CONS:

- Not huge fun on a country road

- Modest boot space

- Rivals charge quicker


Verdict: The Ford Mustang Mach-E GT is extremely fast, a lovely place to sit and looks good value next to its direct competition. Don't expect playfulness in the bends, though, and there are more practical EV SUVs out there.


2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT review: the five-minute read


The Ford Mustang Mach-E GT is a long way from 1968, Steve McQueen and jumps in San Francisco. There's no thundering 6.4-litre V8 petrol engine here, just a battery, a couple of electric motors and an SUV body.


But this is the future, and the GT isn't alone. The Audi e-tron S Sportback, Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo and Tesla Model Y Performance are all aiming to do the same thing – make driving an electric SUV fun.


The GT starts by getting an angrier look versus the rest of the Mach-E range. It gets a unique, more aggressive body kit, a redesigned nose section, 20-inch alloy wheels and upgraded Brembo brakes with red callipers to mark it out.



Inside, the GT's new sports seats instantly catch the eye – they look great, but importantly are also comfortable and lock you in place well. Otherwise, Alcantara, brushed aluminium dash trim and embossed GT badging on the front armrest create a classy cabin that feels genuinely special. Slightly more so than a Tesla's, even, and not far off the Audi's or Porsche's.


Like lesser Mach-Es the GT gets a large 15.5-inch portrait infotainment screen on its dashboard. It's crisp, very responsive and easy to navigate its menus, plus the built-in sat-nav is simple to operate. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are included as standard if you prefer.



Ford's standard slim widescreen digital dials are also bright and easy to read while spending an extra £3600 on Ford's Tech Pack+ gets you (among other things) a 10-speaker B&O system that turns the dashboard into a soundbar which both and looks and sounds fantastic.


Those dramatic sports seats are also easily adjustable for the driver, who gets a nice driving position and brilliant visibility. Space inside for four tall adults is good, and three adults sitting across the rear seats won't feel too hemmed in either. Naturally, three children will be fine and the outside rear seats get Isofix points.


The GT's only real downfall inside is its boot. At 402 litres it's a fair bit smaller than those in the Audi, Porsche and Tesla, even when combined with the extra storage it has beneath its nose. If you travel long distances as a family, this may prove an issue.



The Mach-E GT's battery is a large one, with 88kWhs of useable power that results in a maximum range of 310 miles. Charging the GT can be done at up to 150kW, which means 99 miles of charge in 10 minutes or a 10-80% charge in 45 minutes – if you can find the right charger. While perfectly adequate, a Taycan or Model Y will charge quicker if you're out and about.


Like the Extended Range Mach-E, the GT gets an electric motor on each axle, meaning all-wheel drive. However, the GT's motors have been wicked-up to 487hp and 860Nm of torque, allowing this near 2.3-tonne EV SUV to propel itself from a standstill to 62mph in just 3.7 seconds. The GT's top speed of 124mph is also more than the Mach-E's below it.



On the road, the Mach-E GT feels blisteringly fast in a straight line, but also offers huge amounts of grip when pushed in corners. That's thanks to its clever motors which can work independently to shuffle power to where it's needed, but the GT also has wider wheels and specifically-developed tyres from Pirelli. It really does hang on for dear life. Happily, its upgraded Brembo brakes also scrub off speed extremely efficiently and with great pedal feel.


But is the GT fun? Well, not exactly. Its steering feels a little numb and although you can feel its rear motor doing more work than the front through corners in its most aggressive 'Untamed' driving mode, it's never playful with so much grip on offer. If you like a point-and-shoot machine it covers ground rapidly, but a Taycan Cross Turismo has the sweeter steering and cornering ability.



In fact, the GT's mid-way 'Active' drive mode with its more relaxed throttle, steering and suspension tune is best for road driving, plus you get less of Ford's dubious fake engine noise pumped into the cabin. Dial it right back to 'Whisper' and the GT makes a very comfortable companion, both in town and on the motorway, where it's pleasingly quiet at high speeds too.


So, where does all this put the Mach-E GT? It certainly feels special enough to command its £65,000 price tag at the top of the Mach-E range and makes the much more expensive Audi e-tron S Sportback look a little slow, cumbersome and old-tech with its much shorter range. A Taycan Cross Turismo is more fun to drive, but it too is much pricier.


Which leaves the Mach-E GT's biggest problem: the similarly priced, even quicker and more practical Tesla Model Y Performance. We're yet to drive one, but it is due very soon in the UK.



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