Steering, suspension and ride comfort

This is not a car without a handling trick or two up its sleeve, but it can’t quite escape the shadows cast by its size and heft. The Ford Mustang Mach-E GT never feels like a naturally poised, seriously adhesive or truly engaging driver’s car, and that’s hard to excuse in something priced and positioned as it is and that inevitably stands to be compared with cars that don’t have matching failings.

A modern fast Ford should have more alluring tactility and finely honed precision in its controls than this, as well as better close body control and better steady-state cornering balance. The GT only really gets part of the way towards carving out a truly sporting identity in these respects, and the blandness and lack of definition in its steering and brake pedal add an unwelcome mundanity to your interactions with the car.

There’s a common elastic feel to the way Fords have steered over the past decade or so, but the Mach-E GT has too much speed- dependent variability of weight. It’s light below 25mph, much heavier thereafter. A simpler tune would have been better.

It does steer quite directly, though, and remains fairly composed at speed. And, like so many sporty Fords, it can really rotate towards an apex. Ford’s torque vectoring software acts in surprisingly exaggerated fashion in the car’s Untamed driving mode, braking the inside rear wheel in order to send a hit of torque to the outside one if you accelerate towards the apex.

That process in itself makes the car’s cornering attitude particularly throttle adjustable in the early phases of a corner, and all the more so if you choose to disengage the GT’s electronic stability control, in a way that is at least reminiscent of the last Ford Focus RS.

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Since it weighs so much, however, and since it doesn’t have as much mechanical grip as the Focus RS could muster, the Mach-E GT can’t ultimately change direction or carry speed nearly as convincingly as an RS product, or even a good Ford ST, might. Once the ‘point and shoot’ corner entry is over, it offers little to keep you interested.

Comfort and isolation

There is a background restlessness about the Mach-E GT’s ride, and an unwillingness to settle either on motorways or rural roads, that make it wearing to drive over long distances. A certain firmness at low speeds turns into a predilection for jostle and pitch on more patchily surfaced A- and B-roads.

It’s certainly more clearly evidenced when the car is in its sportier driving modes, but it can be felt in the milder ones, too. You could say that many of the undesirable dynamic traits of a quite hardcore performance car are here to be catalogued, but in many ways they only lead the Mach-E up a blind alley.

The 20in wheels and Pirelli tyres Ford has chosen create some quite abrupt ‘bump-thump’ noise over sharper intrusions, but surface noise is at least partly filtered, and wind noise is contained well enough. The driver’s seat, meanwhile, is too short in the base to be ideal for the longer- legged, and that base adjusts only for height rather than pitch.

Ford’s driver assistance systems offer good support in start-stop traffic jams, but the GT’s lane keeping assistance system is too prone to dropping in and out to be depended on without annoyance, even on the motorway. 

Track notes

The Mach-E GT’s body control and brakes hold up well enough during fast circuit driving, but its battery doesn’t. Our test car managed four laps of the MIRA dry circuit before its performance level dropped appreciably, presumably as a result of too little cooling for the battery pack. Ford could argue, quite reasonably, that it doesn’t see this as a track-day car, and GT customers may agree: but when rival EVs don’t suffer the same problem, it’s noted as a black mark.

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The car’s torque-vectoring tricks, which prove fairly effective on the road, don’t work as well at the limit of grip, when the car’s front axle generally runs wide before the rear one can pivot around it. The GT can be coaxed into oversteer on a trailing throttle, but limit handling feels a little unnatural and unpredictable when you reapply power.