The Ford Mustang must be one of the most iconic cars ever made. It’s instantly recognisable, even here in Ireland where it has only been available in right hand drive since the start of 2016. You see, we’ve all watched American TV. We know that it co-starred with Steve McQueen in Bullitt. We know that it’s been name checked in numerous songs. Now, we can see it for real and not wonder where it came from, because from now on, it’ll probably have come from your nearest Ford dealer!!
Recently we got our hands on the Ford Mustang 5.0. This car comes with and 8-cylinder engine that offers a very pleasing 421 bhp. Put the foot down and you will feel it punch from 0-100km/h in just 4.8 seconds. And then there’s the noises. Oh, Lord how we love that engine noise. Unlike the 2.3 Ecoboost version of the Ford Mustang, all the engine growls are real, and they are a delight.
The Mustang is by no means the best car in the world, but it is certainly one that will leave you satisfied. Never have I driven a car that received such a reaction. Driving down the road you would literally stop traffic. People would wave, cars would pull up beside you where passengers (and drivers) would take a snap with their phones, and even cyclists would knock on the window and give a thumbs-up to illustrate their approval of the Stang. It’s pretty-surreal to be honest. I’ve driven some very flash and very expensive cars over the years, and none of them have demanded so much good attention. With some cars, you’re more likely to see somebody mouth the word “w*nker”, instead of smiling when they see you.
Of course, this car is not perfect, but the imperfections of this car are not overly important. For example, the leg room to the rear is dire. There is no room whatsoever in there – both my 6-year old and 3-year old complained about it – but even they loved being in it. You see, if you’re in the market for a Mustang, then I reckon that the last thing that you are thinking about is rear passenger space. If you are, then you might want to reconsider your purchase. Another complaint, which is not important is the fact the boot, which offers a fair whack of space, has a strange opening that makes it difficult to put larger items into. Honestly, these impracticalities are hardly worth mentioning.
Then you have some slightly more important flaws, like the cheap plastics in the interior. Personally, I don’t have a problem with them, I mean if you are looking for BMW or Mercedes luxury in a Ford Mustang, then you may add another few thousand Euro to the price tag. I mean, the entry level price for this is €55,000 (2.3 Ecoboost Fastback). However, it’s worth mentioning here that the price for this car has been creeping up. If I recall correctly, the first press release on the Pony said that prices would start from €48,500.
On the road, the Stang feels quick. It feels muscly. Yes, if you put the foot down from a stop, you might feel a little movement in the tail. Steering is lighter than you’d expect, and despite its size, it’s not drastic on corners. There is a nice selection of drive modes too, and if you ever get a chance to try them out, then you’ll enjoy the experience even more.
Now, I’m sure none of you are overly interested in fuel economy, but… I do need to mention it in this review, because I returned figures that I wasn’t expecting. On paper, we are told that the Ford Mustang will return an average of more 13+ litres per 100km. I returned 11.6 – and I covered more than 500km. This might be the first time that I’ve ever returned a better fuel economy than the manufacturer’s quote.
I can’t but say that the Mustang is a great car. It’s a pleasure to drive, and it’s guaranteed to bring smiles to the masses – I mean, I know that our press car featured in at least one St. Patrick’s Day parade this year!!