2016 Ford Mustang road test and review.
Long regarded as one of the iconic cars, the Ford Mustang has been admired and desired over many decades. First making an appearance on Australian roads back in the 1960’s, the Mustang is back and possibly for good.
After almost a decade absence in Australia (RHD converted cars were sold in very limited numbers by Ford back at the start of the 2000’s), it has come back and back with a bang. In fact, when its release was announced, some 4000 people put their money down, and there is a wait up to 18 months to actually get a new Ford Mustang into your driveway.
While in the U.S. there is a wider choice of models, in Australia only two options are available – coupe or convertible and two engines – a 233kW/432Nm 2.3 litre four-cylinder EcoBoost engine or a 306kW/530Nm 5.0 litre V8.
The other choices provided by your Ford dealership when placing your order is which transmission to select, there’s a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic on offer.
With prices starting from $45,990, the equipment level in the entry-level model is reasonable. Standard features include 19” alloy wheels, tilt and reach steering adjustment, sat-nav, heated front seats and a reverse camera.
Prestige paint on the Mustang will set you back $500 (anything but Oxford White or Race Red) and customization options, like racing stripes ($600) and a black pained roof ($975) are also available.
The cabin is a real highlight in the new Mustang with a pleasing mix of old and new, including fighter plane style toggle switches!
It handles well, but as it is a relatively heavy car, and it tends to feel a little unwieldy on narrow roads, but this does not take away from its overall handling for the average driver.
The chassis is well balanced and happily accepts changes of direction. While the 2.3 litre engine is responsive, if you really want to be pushed back into your seat when you hit the accelerator, not surprisingly at all, the V8 should be the one on your shopping list.
The seats tend to be a bit on the flat side, which is a pity as it detracts from the sporty feel.
Safety is well catered for with a range of air-bags, oversized Brembo brakes, and a strong body shell with front deformation zones. At this stage though there isn’t an ANCAP safety rating for the new Mustang.
Summing it up; Ford expects to sell more V8 Mustangs than four-cylinder cars and while the smaller engine is not unpleasant, if you’re going for a Mustang then it would be hard not to go all the way.
Overall though, as with any revival of a classic model, the question arises – is the new one likely and worthy of following in the footsteps of it classic lineage – the answer in this case is a resounding YES.
Engine: 2.3 litre turbo-petrol producing 233kW and 432Nm or 5.0 litre V8 producing 306kW and 530Nm
Transmission: Six-speed manual or six-speed automatic
Safety: Not tested
Origin: United States
Price: from $45,990 (four-cylinder) and $57,490 (V8)
For further information, please see Recalls and faults: Ford S550 Mustang.