Small motor, small battery
It was at the beginning of 2021 that Ford crossed the Rubicon twice by presenting its Mach e, the brand’s first electric SUV badged Mustang. Enough to make fans of the American stallion jump who could have taken it as a sacrilege. However, time has taken its toll and fans of the brand have gotten used to it. In terms of sales, it remains modest with only 760 copies sold in 2021. After having tried the GT version, namely the most powerful, a few months ago, it is now the turn of the entry level to pass between our hands.
Aesthetically, the Mach e displays a very assertive style. Ford announces that beyond its name, it shares elements with the famous coupes or convertibles adorned with the horse. Admittedly, this is not false, however, it is not the proximity of the front headlights, the rear lights with vertical bars, the crowded fenders or the roof drop that make it possible to make at first glance the assimilation with traditional models. One thing is certain, this Mach e does not go unnoticed and many passers-by turned around when we passed, particularly because of its full grille stamped with the famous Mustang. The more observant among you will have noticed the total absence of Ford’s traditional blue oval.
They will also have taken a curious and amused look at the doors which do not have a handle but a simple button. And Ford goes even further since that of the driver is decorated with a digital keyboard allowing you to enter the car without the keys, by just dialing a code.
Inside, we are obliged to notice the huge multimedia screen measuring 15.5 inches, which makes it one of the largest on the market with, of course, Tesla. Its operation is fluid pleasant and it concerns the majority of the controls, even those of the air conditioning. As a result of this choice, the dashboard is very refined with a single button, that of starting the vehicle This central screen is associated with a 10.2-inch digital screen facing the driver which groups together the main driving-related information that whether the speed, the presence of driving aids, the range or the gear engaged. Between the two seats, the center console offers plenty of storage.
The rear roominess is rather generous and the same applies to the loading volume ranging from 402 liters (under the shelf) to 1,420 liters with the bench seat folded down to 519 liters in the 5-seater configuration loaded up to the roof. Despite a high loading threshold, it is easy to use. And all this is complemented by a trunk at the front of the vehicle with a capacity of 100 liters.
Who says entry-level model means small motor and small battery. Thus, our Mach e is powered by a 269 hp engine – not that ridiculous – even if the others develop 294, 351 and 487 hp. The capacity of the battery is also smaller with 76 kW while the other models are equipped with one of 99 kW. The announced autonomy is therefore the most limited since announced for 440 km. The reality is obviously different since we noted on a mixed route an average of 21 kWh/100 km, i.e. a range of 360 km. It should be noted that throughout this test, we had activated the One Pedal system which optimizes energy recovery.
As for charging, the Mach e accepts 11 kW AC and 115 kW DC. Values lower than those of the other versions which climb to 150 kW. Interesting data but far from being the best on the market. Despite everything, this allows to recover 91 km in 10 min. The charge from 10 to 80% is done in 38 min.
In use, this “small” engine, with a torque of 430 Nm, is more than enough for everyday use. Thus, the 0 to 100 km / h is shot in 6.9 s and the maximum speed limited to 180 km / h, this allows it to travel without any problem all types of roads or highways. The accelerations are relatively frank and vary according to the chosen mode (Whisper for Calm, Active for normal and Untamed (unleashed).
Unlike the other versions which are 4 wheel drive, our Mach e is rear wheel drive. Don’t think it boosts the driveability of the car, because it doesn’t. The Mach e doesn’t really like to be jostled and if the idea is to switch to the most dynamic mode which allows you to benefit from all the power and the maximum torque of the engine, you will quickly notice body movements. A not very pleasant feeling reinforced by the direction a little too light and by the weight which is felt during the braking phases. Even if this variation is the lightest of the range with 1,969 kg, it is far from being a ballerina. Moderately dynamic, Ford’s SUV does not compensate for this with great comfort since it is relatively firm, especially in the rear seats. If you want more sportiness, but also comfort, you will have to break the bank and choose the Mach e GT sold for €84,100.
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