Ford Mustang (2015-present)

The Mustang muscle car is good to drive, cheap to buy and now on sale here

Strengths & Weaknesses


Great value for money
Fun to drive
Well equipped


Poor crash safety - particularly for children
Interior quality lags behind rivals
Cramped rear seats

It’s as American as a cheeseburger on Route 66 - with a side of supersize fries - but for the first time in its history, you can now buy a Ford Mustang in Britain with the steering wheel on the right hand side. You may want to wait just a little longer, though. An updated version of the Mustang, with tweaked styling and improved safety features, is due to go on sale later this year.

Launched in 1964 as the original muscle car, the Mustang has always been about a big engine whooping and hollering under its long bonnet, at a price the average worker could afford.

As it was designed for America’s long straight highways and pocket money fuel prices, the car’s designers barely paid attention to the car’s fuel economy and cornering abilities. So it hasn’t been sold here before.

The latest model - available as a coupe or convertible - is a bit different. It no longer wallows and slithers through corners, thanks to advanced suspension (but be warned, the ride over poor roads can be hard and bumpy) It’s even got a new, efficient engine and a modern interior with a touchscreen.

But the formula hasn’t totally changed. For less than £35,000 - before any Ford Mustang deals - you can buy a car with an enormous 5-litre engine that shakes the car when you press the accelerator. To give you some idea of the size of the thing, the engine powering Ferrari’s 488 GTB supercar is only 4-litres.

Size isn’t everything, though, and the Mustang V8 doesn’t come close to Ferrari power. It’s still quick and able to accelerate from 0-62mph in 4.8 seconds -  faster than a Porsche Cayman. It can be silly too, with a line lock function that allows you to spin the wheels and generate a cloud of the smoke, and enough power (416 horsepower) to slide the car round corners on a track.

There is another option: a smaller 2.3-litre engine, which is turbocharged to boost power without using too much extra fuel. With 317 horsepower, it’s quick but doesn’t feel as mighty as a muscle car should. The smaller-engined car is £5,000 cheaper than the V8, though and does have half an eye on fuel economy, whereas the V8 is blind to it, with an official figure of 20.8mpg - over 13mpg worse.

Fuel economy is considerably down on rival machines too, such as the BMW M4, Mercedes C43 AMG or Audi S5, which are even more stable and responsive in corners than the Ford. They are, however, several thousand pounds more expensive.

Where the Mustang really falls behind the competition is in the cabin, where the quality isn’t up to German standards, even though the generous equipment list puts rivals to shame. It’s roomy in the front but cramped in the back. The boot will take a couple of large suitcases, but that’s your lot.

Recent crash tests by the independent Euro NCAP organisation have also cast a shadow over the Mustang. By modern standards, the two-star result were dire. In one test the airbag failed to prevent the driver's head from hitting the steering wheel, and the car scored zero points for protecting a ten-year-old-size dummy in a side impact. Crash avoidance technology, such as automatic emergency braking, isn't offered. Ford has promised improvements for the updated Mustang.

As a sportscar - and in terms of safety, the Mustang is outclassed by cars from this side of the pond, but as a muscle car, it delivers cut-price acceleration with a roar and a US yee-haw. You won’t find that in anything made in Germany.

Last Updated 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 12:45

Key facts 

3 years / 60,000 miles
Boot size: 
Road tax : 
From I (£355 for first year and £230 thereafter) to M (£1,120 for first year and £515 thereafter)

Best Ford Mustang for... 

Ford Mustang 2.3 EcoBoost Fastback
The Mustang is not an economical car. The 2.3-litre version is the cheapest to run with an official mpg figure of 35.3mpg and road tax of £225 per year.
Ford Mustang 5.0 V8 GT Convertible Auto
Since only small children will be comfortable in the back of a Mustang why not go the whole hog and thrill them with this most powerful convertible version? They’ll love cruising around with the roof down.
Ford Mustang 5.0 V8 GT Fastback
The fastback version of the Mustang is more responsive when cornering than the convertible. Combined with the 5.0-litre V8 engine, it makes this the clear driver’s choice in the Mustang line-up.
Ford Mustang 2.3 EcoBoost Convertible
The 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine sounds a bit weedy, so the Mustang's stereo automatically broadcasts a beefed up sound to make it seem more exciting. There's no disguising it with the roof down, though.

Ford Mustang History 

  • January 2015 Ford Mustang goes on sale in Britain.

  • May 2015 Mustang 2.3 EcoBoost cars built between February 2014 and February 2015 recalled for airbag fix.

  • March 2016 Three new colours (one white and two blues) are newly available along with updated dashboard software, called Sync 3, which improves the car’s voice recognition.

Understanding Ford Mustang car names 

  • Mustang
  • Engine
    5.0 V8 GT
  • Body style
  • Gearbox
  • Engine
    The engine’s size is given in litres, followed by a label. EcoBoost is the one used for the smallest engine, indicating that it is turbocharged for more power. The biggest engine is labelled V8 because it’s made up of eight cylinders arranged in a v-formation. It’s also given a GT badge, which is generally used on sportscars designed for long-distance driving
  • Body style
    Ford calls the coupe version of the Mustang a Fastback. There’s a convertible, too.
  • Gearbox
    You can have your Mustang with a six-speed automatic or a six-speed manual gearbox.

Ford Mustang Engines 

2.3 EcoBoost, 5.0 V8

There’s a choice of just two engines: a smaller 2.3-litre unit offering decent performance and reasonable economy and a 5.0-litre V8, that’s a lot thirstier but a real blast to drive.

With its modest capacity, at least for a ‘muscle car’, four cylinders and a turbocharger, the 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine is designed to bring down running costs as low as possible without sacrificing performance. From 0-62mph it can out-accelerate most versions of the BMW 4 Series coupe, for example. However, while it might be capable of doing 35.3mpg (28.8mpg with an automatic gearbox), road tax is still high at £225.

The 5.0 V8 engine pays scant regard to running costs. Its large capacity, V8 layout and power are closer to the spirit of the Mustang. It’ll crack 0-62mph almost as fast as a BMW M4 coupe, a car that costs half as much again. If you have to ask how much you’ve spent on fuel and road tax, you probably can’t afford it. On that point, the automatic version is actually more economical than the manual. Every little helps.


Fuel economy



Top speed

2.3 EcoBoost


28.8 - 35.3mpg


0-62mph: 5.8s


5.0 V8


20.8 - 23.5mpg


0-62mph: 4.8s


Ford Mustang Trims 

EcoBoost, V8 GT

The Ford Mustang doesn’t have trim levels like most other cars. Instead, the level of standard equipment you get depends on the engine that you choose.

All Mustangs have an 8in touchscreen in the dashboard with DAB digital radio, as well as Apple Carplay and Android Auto compatibility, which changes the screen to look like your phone’s display when it’s plugged in. Standard equipment also includes leather seats that are electrically adjustable in front, a rear-view camera and dual-zone climate control, allowing both front passengers to set a different temperature for their area of the car. Sat-nav is not included.

There are 19in alloy wheels and a light that points down, projecting an image of a Mustang onto the ground at night when you unlock the car or open the doors.

In addition, the the 5.0 V8 model has GT badges, a different alloy wheel design, launch control for faster starts, upgraded brakes and the line lock control if you want to frivolously generate clouds of tyre smoke.

It’s also worth adding the Custom Pack, which costs around £1800 but adds a premium sound system with sat nav, heated and cooled seats, rear parking sensors and unique alloy wheels.

Ford Mustang Reliability and warranty 

The Ford Mustang is still a new car so it’s impossible to be certain of its reliability. However, the interior doesn’t feel as well made as other coupes and convertibles, so may not wear particularly well.

There’s little comfort to be drawn from the 2016 Auto Express Driver Power owner satisfaction survey, either, where Ford rated a lowly 26 out of 32 manufacturers for reliability.

The Mustang is covered by a three-year/60,000-mile warranty. Audi offers the same length of cover although BMW and Mercedes have no mileage limitation.

Used Ford Mustang 

Demand for new Ford Mustangs is so strong that there’s roughly a year’s waiting list for brand new models. With demand exceeding supply, the Mustang won’t be a bargain used buy for many years.

When prices do fall, those of the 5-litre V8 GT are expected to drop fastest, as they are the most common cars and also have high running costs because of their poor fuel economy.

At the moment, there are few ways to get a Mustang through BuyaCar apart from with a brand new Ford Mustang lease deal.