Is the Ford Mustang a good car?
This is one car that never made it to Zimbabwe. DRIVEtorque is not sure why but it might be due to the pricing.
There is absolutely no doubt that the Ford Mustang offers you a lot of car for your money versus alternative coupes such as the Audi A5 or BMW 4 Series. How Ford manages to offer such value is less of a mystery especially when you get into and spot the hard-black plastics used all over its interior. In short, if you are used to Audi or BMW levels of quality, you will be disappointed.
There are positives to be found, though. The hooded dashboard and three circular air vents are throwbacks to iconic Mustangs of old, for example, and a 12.0-inch multi-function digital instrument binnacle helps make the cabin feel more modern, although it isn’t as visually impressive as the one you’ll find in the Audi A5.
Unfortunately, the directions on the Mustang’s standard 8.0-inch sat-nav screen are hard to follow at times, so it is better just to use the more intuitive maps on your smartphone via the standard-fit Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The system’s onscreen buttons are relatively small, too, making them hard to hit on the move.
Despite these modern luxuries, the view you get over the sprawling bonnet is very much old-school Ford Mustang; and, from the spacious front seats, you get a more commanding view of the road than in some crossovers.
However, if you are expecting crossover levels of rear-seat space, you will be disappointed: adults will find it tight on long journeys, and even small children can feel cramped. On the upside, while the boot’s high lip makes it tricky to load and unload, the coupe Fastback has a healthy 408-litre capacity, so you will get a pushchair or large suitcase plus extras into there with no problem.
No Mustang would be complete without a rumbling V8, so you will be pleased to hear that Ford offers a huge 5.0-litre one with 450hp. Together with its standard active sports exhaust, there are few finer sounds in the world of motoring. It will sprint from standstill to 62mph in a little over four seconds if you are in a hurry. Expect it that you will use lots of fuel, though, for while 30mpg is possible at a motorway cruise, that will quickly turn to less than 20mpg on a winding B-road.

The Mustang’s V8 engine rumbles like a sumo wrestlers’ stomach that is a year into the Breatharian diet.
You do not have to choose the V8, though – there’s also a 2.3-litre four-cylinder Ecoboost petrol engine that is just a second slower to 62mph and returns better combined-fuel economy than the V8’s official 32.1mpg. The trouble is, the 5.0-litre V8 is so central to the Mustang’s appeal that you would be bonkers to let your head do the talking. Ultimately, the Ecoboost just somehow feels and sounds inferior.

With both engines, you can have either a six-speed manual or a 10-speed automatic gearbox. The former is good enough to make it worth considering if you are after a more engaging driving experience, but the slick and responsive automatic is a great companion if you are likely to spend a lot of time in traffic and want to give your left leg a rest.

That said, if you really enjoy your driving, there are sharper alternative coupes in terms of handling – the Mustang’s big, weighty V8 up front hurts its ability to dart into corners and the Ecoboost model does not feel that much more agile. Ford’s optional (but expensive) adaptive MagneRide suspension does a good job of stopping the Mustang’s body roll too much in bends, and improves the Mustangs comfort on battered roads in its softest setting, but ultimately it never reaches the level of comfort you will experience in alternative coupes.

At least going for a Ford Mustang ensures that you are treated to lots of standard equipment. Even the Ecoboost model gets things like 19-inch wheels, LED headlights, adaptive cruise control, electric front seats, climate control and a heated steering wheel. Stepping up to the V8 adds a sports exhaust system, black alloy wheels and beefier brakes.

So, there is plenty to love about the Ford Mustang. Its iconic styling for starters, plus the fact that it offers ridiculously addictive V8 performance and noise for comparatively little money is a bonus. You will just have to put up with the Mustang’s average comfort, handling and quality