Ford Mustang Review - Bowling, Cowboy Boots and a Little Line Dancing!
It’s not often here at Rivervale Leasing that the Account Managers move from their desks. I knew when on mass they all got up and hurried out of the door something special must be happening … it was … the Ford Mustang had arrived at Rivervale HQ.
After what feels like a lifetime of patiently waiting for one of America’s most iconic cars to make its way across the Atlantic, I can promise you, you will not be disappointed. The Mustang is strikingly beautiful, both powerful and elegant all at once. I was desperate to get behind that wheel, and it seems I wasn’t the only one as the Rivervale girls booted up and joined me for an all American (ish) road trip complete with bowling, burgers and a little line dancing …
Our Mustang wasn’t the race red that would really get us noticed on the road, ours was finished in sophisticated metallic magnetic. We didn’t let this put us off, after all, it’s much better to be quietly brilliant. But quiet is something you will definitely not be in this Mustang with a 5.0 litre V8 engine our pleasing roar definitely turned heads on our road trip. It’s capable of 0-62mph in 4.8 seconds with a maximum speed of 155 mph – or so we were told, no speed limits were broken in the making of this video! As always great power comes with great responsibility. You will find the Ford Mustang in insurance group 43E, I was very pleased this one went on the company insurance! Great power also needs a plentiful fuel supply, mpg stands at 23.5 with CO2 emissions at 281 g/km, so perhaps not ideal for an eco-warrior.
There is another much more sensible engine on offer in the shape of the 2.3 litre Ford EcoBoost engine which still produces 317 PS, has a top speed of 145mph and a 0-62mph time of only 5.8 seconds. Fuel efficiency is improved a little with 35.3mpg achieveable and reduced CO2 emissions of 179g/km.
There are also 2 body styles of Ford Mustang to choose from. The convertible for those who like to feel the wind in their hair, and the Fastback for those who like a solid roof seperating them from the elements!
Driver aids and technology in the Ford Mustang
Getting in and getting going could not have been easier with keyless entry and start. Once inside you really are surrounded by luxury. Dark saddle leather sports seats felt more like armchairs, able to deal with any season, you can choose to heat or cool the seats as needed by the touch of a button.
There will be no distractions from enjoying driving the Mustang either as everything is automatic. The rear view mirror will dim automatically, wipers have rain sensors and the headlights will magically turn on at the first sign of dusk. Temperature control keeps you comfortable … once you’ve figured out which button to press! And puddle lamps will illuminate any nasty surprises that could spoil your cowboy boots when you eventually force yourself to exit the car.
This classic car has had a modern update so has all the technology you will find all the modern technology we have all come to love. Ford SYNC Bluetooth connection with voice control, DAB radio, SYNC 3 8” colour touchscreen infotainment system with optional sat nav and the comforting presence of Ford Emergency Assistance. The Mustang measures up at 1916mm wide and that long bonnet helps the overall length reach 4784mm. Slightly larger than my usual car I was a little worried about parking, thankfully a rear view camera and parking sensors made sure there were no disasters!
You’d be forgiven for thinking the Mustang wouldn’t be the first choice for a family car but you can comfortably seat 4 and Isofix is ready and waiting in both of the rear seats. The boot was surprisingly spacious at a very respectable 408 litres – definitely room for a pushchair and weekly shop.
So will the Mustang be able to adapt to Britain? Yes, I’m thinking of the rain! There are 4 driving modes; normal, sport plus, track and the all-important snow/wet mode.
We were lucky enough to be in the GT version of the Mustang Fastback which has the unique Line Lock feature to add a little extra wow. Depress the brake then release and throw that foot on the accelerator, the result will be the front wheels lock while the rear wheels spin freely for a full 15 show stopping seconds! We wouldn’t know how amazing this looks … its track use only.
Rivervale’s verdict – the perfect modern update for an iconic car
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11 August 2016
Written by Natalie Faughy