Ford Mustang is an automobile series first launched in 1964 by Ford Motors company. It is the longest-produced vehicle by Ford in the market. It’s going through its sixth generation and is best suited for sporty drivers. Mustang became the most successful car when it was launched. The Mustang shared the same body components with other Ford cars from 1964 to 2004. Mustang has become a terrific sports vehicle by Ford.
Its modern design makes it easy to recognize the Mustang. It never went off sale since its first launch. It offers powerful petrol engines. Four-cylinder 2.3-liter EcoBoost with 266bhp and the great V8 5.0-liter 444bhp. The good thing is its price is quite reasonable, if you look for a car with similar power you have to pay more, like the BMW 4 series and Audi TT. The Mustang is available in two body styles: Fastback or convertible.
Ford Mustang: Features
Ford Mustang from 2008 to 2014 is not so advanced in features. Those advanced features are available in higher trims, which include infotainment and in-car communication. The stereo controls are embedded in the steering wheel. The Mustang’s technology was upgraded in 2015, frontal collision warning and adaptive cruise control were also equipped. Premium Mustang comes with an upgraded SYNC3 infotainment system. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are also available.
The newer Mustang models have a more modern look. There is a large galloping grille with the horse logo on the front. There are sculpted lines on the bonnet. Mustang gives a muscular look with blistered wheel arches. The roof is low and with the small glass are. The taillights are equipped on the black panel and the lower body is somewhat similar to Ford Fiesta ST. The V8 model is equipped with 19-inch alloy wheels which come as standard. You can differentiate the Mustang from its predecessor by A-pillars and C-pillars constructed between flanks and a lower roofline.
Ford Mustang’s interior gives a retro vibe. The steering wheel design is three-spoke and with a straightforward cabin. Mustang’s seats are comfortable. The newer models of Mustang have a modern interior look with high-quality material. The driving seat is comfortable with the range of adjustments for the steering wheel and the seat. It comes with lateral support and six-way electrical adjustment.
Mustang is equipped with an infotainment system and satellite navigation is optional. The 2018 model comes with a standard 12-inch dashboard which changes the display depending on the drive mode selected. Ford Mustang’s premium sound system is better than the premium system of its competitors like the Audi TT and BMW 4 series.
The interior of the newer model is greater than ever with all the advanced tech features. The cargo space is impressive which makes it more practical with great performance. Both versions of Mustang, fastback or convertible comes with four seats, except for GT350R with no rear seats. The seats are well-padded and supportive of the headroom and legroom. The rear seats in Mustang are tight.
Ford Mustang offers a big boot as compared to its competitors. The boot capacity of the Mustang is 408 liters which is smaller than the BMW 4 series which offers 445 liters. You can fold the back seats with a 50:50 ratio to increase the storage.
Driving & Handling
There is a difference between fastback and convertible Mustang in terms of driving because of the different weights, tires, and engines. If you’re looking for a graceful drive, then this car might not be for you. The Mustang’s steering is a bit slow and requires relatively more muscles to handle. Its weight can vary depending on the different drive modes. It doesn’t turn quite sharply as compared to Audi TT, but you’ll feel more in control of the front tires.
An ambitious driver will find the Mustang’s driving more fun. Mustang comes with different driving modes like Normal, Track and snow, sport+ and drag strip. Mustang gives an amazing performance on twisty roads. You can change directions quickly because of its well-balanced body. The Turbocharged EcoBoost 2.3-liter is flexible which gives the horsepower of 720bhp. The power doesn’t fade away until you reach 5500rpm.
On the other hand, the 5.0-liter V8 feels more powerful with a horsepower of 454bhp. Ford claimed that it can go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 4.8 seconds. On the slippery road, it goes from 0 to 60mph in 5.6 seconds. You might feel a bit more wind and noise than its rivals but the noise fades away at a higher speed.
Prices have gone up in this decade. The price range starts from £33,995 to £45,955 which is quite reasonable as compared to its rivals.
Ford Mustang maybe is relatively cheap to buy, but running costs are a bit steeper. 5.0-liter V8 gives the mileage of 22.8 with CO2 emission of 278g/km. Compared to V8, EcoBoost is better in terms of fuel economy. It gives the mileage of 31.3mpg with CO2 emission of 204g/km and 209g/km for the convertible. Audi TT is still ahead of Mustang in fuel economy. Auto transmission costs more so manual transmission is recommended.
Ford Mustang: Safety Features
Ford Mustang is quite ahead in terms of safety measures. Available safety features are rear parking sensors, pedestrian detection, forward collision warning, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring system, and rear cross-traffic alert.
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Ford Mustang is one of the most amazing cool muscle cars. It might feel a bit flawed but it out-sold many of the cars of the same class. It is appealing to the customers because the styling and the new updates improved the Mustang a lot. The auto transmission makes it cooler to drive. Even as a convertible, Mustang is fun to drive. Mustang sure is a unique car, not only cheaper than most of its competitors but also more powerful and well-equipped. Running costs are steeper and its handling is not sharp as A5 or Audi TT. Yet it is one of the most charming muscle cars in the market.