2024 Ford Mustang Mach-E Select (car review)

Ford has made its move into the electric passenger vehicle world with the Mustang Mach-E. Available in three grades – Select, Premium and GT – it’s the former, entry level offering we’re testing here.

There’s no denying the name alone has ruffled some feathers, and the suit wearer in this writer understands and even applauds the decision to use such a popular and recognisable moniker.

For the race shoe and glove wearing variant of yours truly though, it evokes genuine fear and bewilderment that such an iconic nameplate would be watered down. The solution is to disassociate oneself, as hard as it is, from what we expect a Mustang to be.

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This realisation happened halfway through my time with the trio of Mach-E offerings (we’re testing all three back-to-back), and I’m thankful it did. Our Select was dipped in Rapid Red, which highlights the subtle but striking angle-and-bulge bodywork.

It’s one of seven colours, and does a fine job of showcasing the familiar Coke bottle flare to the bodywork, with the rear haunches harking back to traditional Mustang models and leading to the most recognisable feature of the vehicle, the rear taillights.

2024 Ford Mustang Mach-E Select
2024 Ford Mustang Mach-E Select

Sitting between them is the famed Pony badge, which is also replicated up front. Their presence led to countless bemused looks and questions throughout our loan period. That said, it really is quite pretty in the flesh.

Svelte lines trail from the long bonnet right through to the elongated, sloping hatch. Gaining entry saw some first-time passengers scratching their heads. A 10-cent-piece sized button operates an actuator that cracks the door open.

After that, a small tab on the front, and the frames themselves in the back row, are used to pull the door open. We’re not sure what real value this adds other than being different – but they were certainly a talking point.

Early in our test period, we once returned to note the door was popped open. It took a moment to realise that rather than touching the lock “button” above the release, we had inadvertently opened the door again.

Thankfully all models, including the Select, have an auto lock function that triggers when the key fob moves away from the car. Once inside, there’s two things that grab one’s attention immediately.

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Inside the 2024 Ford Mustang Mach-E Select

The massive full-roof glass panel and the commensurately huge 15.5-inch central touchscreen. The former really adds to the airy nature of the cabin, and while we love the feature, the black Sensico covered seats simply get too much sun.

As a result, they were thigh-blisteringly hot on entry on the hottest of Sydney Summer days. Downloading the Ford Pass app to remotely start the vehicle and its air conditioning system in advance certainly helped.

Back to that screen, which takes pride of place atop a two-tiered shelf, the top of which houses a large wireless charger near two USB outlets. Either of these USB C or A outlets provide access to Apple CarPlay or Android auto.

Both are available wirelessly too, and an impressive 10-speaker Bang & Olufson sound system is available if you get tired of colouring in or playing noughts and crosses on the big screen.

Yes, we did say that, and yes it was utilised while sitting at a charging station. On charging, we were disappointed to find that a home charging cable was not included. Not a deal breaker, as they can be had for a few hundred dollars aftermarket, but still annoying.

rear seats
Inside the 2024 Ford Mustang Mach-E Select

While the screen itself is larger than one we’d experienced in the Ranger, the underlying system is familiar. We did find the need to navigate through screens to set the drive modes and open the rear hatch frustrating through.

The driver sits in an 8-way power-adjusted and heated seat, which in concert with the tilt and telescopic controls for the steering wheel, allows ample adjustability. The heated Sensico covered wheel is chunky enough and a good size for a base model.

It’s nicely weighted too, which changes based on drive mode. Up ahead, the driver gets a slimline screen to view vitals such as speed and charge. Rear seat passengers are well accommodated in leg room, but taller occupants will find headroom a little uneasy.

The pews themselves are comfortable and have access to two USB ports of their own. In cabin storage is aplenty, with the afore-mentioned shelves joined by a central storage binnacle and well sized door pockets.

The rear boot completes the picture with 402-litres (rear seats up) and 1,420 when down. A waterproof and drainable “frunk” under the bonnet can also accommodate an impressive 134-litres.

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Inside the 2024 Ford Mustang Mach-E Select

Overall, the interior is a pleasant place to be. In places we did find materials were a lot thinner than expected, presumably to reduce weight. Furthermore, despite relatively low mileage, more scuffs and scratching presented than we’d expect of a vehicle of this price.

Journo’s can be rough yes, but it would’ve left a sour taste if we had departed with the folding stuff. Power is provided by an electric motor that is housed on and drives the rear axle; a point we were quietly excited about.

Delivering 198kW of power and 430Nm of torque, it’s the lowest output of the trio of variants. Backed by a 72kWh battery pack that provides 470km of range, Ford claim it can sprint to 100km/h in 6.2 seconds.

Numbers on a page are fine, but it’s the EV-characteristic instant torque that simply makes it more fun than it should be. The chassis, despite its 2,104kg heft, is well sorted and a joy for drivers with a penchant for corners.

The suspension tune is what we would call sporty, but relaxed. It will tell you about every single pothole or undulation in the road, like a sports car would, but it retains enough plushness where it doesn’t feel uncomfortable.

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Inside the 2024 Ford Mustang Mach-E Select

It sits impressively flat right from a very obliging turn in, through mid-corner and exit; all the while feeling much smaller that it is. The only gripe is a rear end that doesn’t feel as settled as we’d like when driving anything above 7/10ths.

That’s not to be mistaken with a chassis that will step out when provoked; this was both present and a fun by-product of the rear-drive setup. Even the faux noise played through the entertainment system in Engage or Untamed mode adds to things.

It’s still weird, but it’s not intrusive and doesn’t try to be anything it’s not. It was just genuinely nicer than hearing the electric motor, or nothing at all. Safety is well catered for in the Mach-E Select as well.

With everything from BSM, pre-collision assist and AEB, reverse brake assist, lane keep assist and evasive steer assist on offer. Interestingly, the self-driving functions will not be available in Australia, although given the playful nature of the setup, it’s a non-issue.

The Mach-E Select proved to be a capable, comfortable, and fun car all rolled into one. At a price of $72,990 plus on-roads though, time will tell whether it gets the attention or the sales it deserves.

2024 Ford Mustang Mach-E Select
2024 Ford Mustang Mach-E Select

To find out more, you can visit the Ford Australia website or talk to your local dealership. If you’re keen on one and need finance, talk to CreditOne.

Our test vehicle was provided by Ford Australia for review purposes.

REVIEW OVERVIEW

Driving experience
8.5
Exterior styling
8
Interior look and feel
6.5
Technology and connectivity
7
Family friendliness
8
Value for money
6

SUMMARY

Pros - driving dynamics; functional and fun; quiet and serene cabin.
Cons - scalding seats on a hot day; no home charging cable; hard scratchy plastics.
Kalen Ziflian
Kalen Ziflian
A lifelong motoring enthusiast, Kalen has a passion for anything with wheels and a motor. His passion lies in collectible Japanese performance vehicles but he’s been known to enjoy off-roading touring and camping across Australia.

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<strong>Pros -</strong> driving dynamics; functional and fun; quiet and serene cabin.<br> <strong>Cons -</strong> scalding seats on a hot day; no home charging cable; hard scratchy plastics.2024 Ford Mustang Mach-E Select (car review)