What Does Mach-E interior and in-car technology like?
Material build is far better than expected, compared to either the regular Mustang or Ford’s recent disappointing efforts in the Escape and Explorer. Plastics are of top notch quality, and the dash and doors are mostly covered in a padded, leather-like surface that’s similar to what you’d find in a Lincoln.
That jumbo 15.5-inch vertically oriented touchscreen is one of the best examples of this growing trend. Rather than stuffing as much as possible on the screen, it makes good use of the extra real estate by making buttons and displays bigger and more easily read at a quick glance.
The Mach-E’s dimensions are unusual. It’s longer than compact crossovers like the Ford Escape, but not quite as long as midsize models like the Edge. It is considerably shorter in height than both and its wheelbase is longer – both contribute to its sleek proportions that are not only different than crossovers with internal combustion engines, but various EV crossovers, including the Tesla Model Y and upcoming Volkswagen ID.4 etc
So what does that mean inside? The back seat offers sufficient legroom for a 6-footer to sit behind himself and for an infant car seat to fit in the middle with the front seat fully rearward. There’s also more than enough headroom. However, the seat itself is a bit low and awfully flat, and the seat back doesn’t recline. The front seats aren’t that comfortable, either. They lack front height/tilt adjustment (aka six-way), and are very squishy and flat with little lateral support. The GT performance is the only version that includes the dramatically better Ford Performance seats pictured below right, which add sufficient lateral support (they still don’t exactly hug you) and are a bit firmer, which is beneficial during long drives. We wish Ford would make them available throughout the Mach-E lineup.
With its aggressively raked roofline, it shouldn’t be surprising that the Mach-E isn’t the most utilitarian crossover. It basically just has a really big trunk with a hatchback lid. The space is deep and wide, and there’s a handy folding cargo cover.
With its two available battery packs and the option of front motors that increase traction and output, the Mach-E’s specs can be a little confusing. Nevertheless, let’s try and break things down.
The Mach-E gains more usable range for 2022. The Standard Range battery pack now has a usable capacity of 71 kilowatt-hours. With it, the Mach-E produces 266 horsepower regardless of drivetrain. It produces 317 pound-feet of torque and hits 60 mph in 5.8 seconds with rear-wheel drive, and with the second motor added for all-wheel drive, it produces 428 lb-ft and hits 60 mph in 5.2 seconds. Official range estimates were not available at the time of this writing, but given the additional usable battery capacity, we expect it to gain 5-10 miles over last year’s estimates of 230 miles (RWD) and 211 miles (AWD).
The available “Extended Range” battery pack, which comes standard on the GT, now holds 91 kWh for 2022. With rear-wheel drive it results in 290 hp, 317 lb-ft of torque, and a slower 0-60 time of 6.1 seconds (all those extra batteries add weight). With all-wheel drive, output increases to 346 hp and 428 lb-ft, and the 0-60 time falls to 4.8 seconds. Again, we expect the extra battery capacity to add 5-10 miles to the 2021 figures of 300 miles (RWD) and 270 miles (AWD). Note, however, that we’ve found that the Mach-E with this battery is capable of easily exceeding its estimates.
Finally, there’s the mustang Mach-E GT. It has the Extended Range battery, but more powerful motors (especially the one up front) results in an increased output of 480 hp and 600 lb-ft of torque. It’ll hit 60 mph in 3.8 seconds. There’s also the GT Performance, which bumps torque up a bit to 634 lb-ft, and with the further help of stickier summer tires, slashes the 0-60 time to 3.5 seconds. Range should be 5-10 better than last year’s estimates of 270 miles (GT) and 260 miles (GT Performance).