Ford’s new all-electric crossover will have stiff competition to face

The Ford Mustang Mach-E has arrived, and now it’s time to see how the Mustang Mach-E compares to the competition. Name issues notwithstanding, the Mustang Mach-E enters a market that’s teeming with competition from models that are just as new and exciting as the new Ford crossover. How does the Mustang Mach-E compare against its new rivals? Let’s go find out.

Size and Dimensions

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Style is subjective so it’s going to be impossible to compare the Ford Mustang Mach-E’s design relative to that of other models in its segment. I will say that, for me, the Mustang Mach-E’s aesthetics rank in the top half of this segment. I like its looks better than the Hyundai Kona EV and the Jaguar I-Pace, and the Tesla Model Y. I am a fan of how the Mercedes-EQC and the Audi E-Tron look, so I’d put the Mustang Mach-E in that space alongside the two German electric crossovers. The best-looking one, at least as far as I’m concerned, is the Polestar 2. It’s hard to beat that kind of clean, classy, sophisticated, and sporty design. The EQC probably comes closest, but I still prefer the looks of the Polestar 2 over it.

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So in place of making in-depth comparisons based on something as subjective as looks, let’s take a look at how the Mustang Mach-E compares in terms of tangible dimensions. In other words, how big — or small — is the Mustang Mach-E when you put it side-by-side with some of its rivals.

The Mustang Mach-E measures 186 inches long, 74 inches wide, and 63 inches tall with a wheelbase of 117 inches.

Based on every dimensional metric, the Mustang Mach-E isn’t the biggest electric crossover in the market, but it’s also not the smallest. It’s not as long as the Audi E-Tron (193 inches) or the Mercedes-EQC (187.5 inches), but it is longer than the Jaguar I-Pace (184.4 inches), Polestar 2 (181.4 inches), and, obviously, the Hyundai Kona (164.6 inches), the smallest electric crossover on the market today.

In terms of height, the Mustang Mach-E follows a similar script. The E-Tron and the EQC are taller while the I-Pace, Kona, and Polestar 2 are all shorter. Likewise, the Mustang Mach-E’s 74-inch width measurement puts it in equal standing with the EQC, which also measures 74 inches wide. The E-Tron — no surprise — is wider as is the I-Pace. The Polestar 2 and the Kona rank below the Mustang Mach-E in this regard.

Our first takeaway is that it’s bigger than we expected - maybe not by much, but it is “bigger” nevertheless.

Could this be proof that Ford isn’t just targeting its key demographics with the Mustang Mach-E? The Blue Oval may be trying to reach the segment populated by premium car buyers. That’s something worth checking out, for sure.

Ford Mustang Mach-E exterior dimensions
Ford Mustang Mach-E Audi E-Tron Mercedes EQC Jaguar I-Pace Polestar 2 Hyundai Kona EV Tesla Model Y
Length 186 in. 193 in. 187.5 in. 184.4 in. 181.4 in. 164.6 in. not yet available
Width 74 in. 76.3 in. 74.0 in. 74.6 in. 73.2 in. 70.9 in. not yet available
Height 63 in. 65.5 in. 63.9 in. 61.3 in. 58.2 in. 61.2 in. not yet available
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The wildcard here is the Tesla Model Y. Tesla already unveiled the electric crossover earlier this year, but that debut didn’t come with specifications related to the Model Y’s size. Without any specific details in those departments, we’re going to use the Model 3’s dimensions and add a few inches to create a decent estimate on the expected size of the Model Y. In the end, we came up with these measurements: 187 inches long, 75 inches wide, and 63 inches tall.

We know that Tesla’s aren’t the tallest cars in the world, but it shouldn’t be too far from what the Mustang Mach-E measures.

Cargo Space

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One of the more critical elements of any crossover — it doesn’t matter if it’s electric or not — is the amount of cargo space it can offer. This is where the Ford Mustang Mach-E shines.

Of its rivals, the Mustang Mach-E has the largest cargo space with 29 cubic-feet of cargo room with the rear seats in place and 59.8 cubic-feet of cargo room when the rear seats are folded.

That’s more space than what the Audi E-Tron, Jaguar I-Pace, Hyundai Kona, and Mercedes EQC all have to offer. If you look at the visuals below, it’s clear just how superior the Mustang Mach-E is in this particular element.

The cargo room the Ford EV crossover offers is enormous when you compare it to what its rivals offer.

Even the much bigger Audi E-Tron doesn’t have as much cargo space as the Mustang Mach-E.

Ford Mustang Mach-E interior dimensions
MAKE FORD MUSTANG MACH-E AUDI E-TRON MERCEDES EQC JAGUAR I-PACE POLESTAR 2 HYUNDAI KONA EV TESLA MODEL Y
Cargo Capacity (seats up / seats down) 29 cubic ft. / 59.8 cubic ft. 28.5 cubic ft. / 57 cubic ft. n/a 25.3 cubic ft. / 51 cubic ft. n/a 19.2 cubic ft. / 45.8 cubic ft. n/a

Power, Performance, and Range

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If you’re looking to buy an electric car, the power output, performance specs, and - more importantly - range are all key vitals that you need to consider. The Ford Mustang Mach-E enters the fray packing two battery options.

The first standard battery pack in the Mach-E is a 75.5-kWh unit while the larger battery pack is rated at 98.8 kWh

The standard battery pack is only available on Select and Premium trim levels, but is offered in both AWD and RWD configuration. The rear-wheel-drive version of either trim level can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds and comes with a range of 230 miles. The all-wheel-drive version is faster by a second — somewhere in the 5.5-second range — to 60 mph, but it’s only good for 210 miles.

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The larger 98.8 kWh battery pack is optional on the Premium trim, but standard on the California Route 1, First Edition, and GT Performance trim levels. Depending on the trim level, this larger battery, with AWD, can provide anywhere from 282 horsepower and 306 pound-feet in the RWD Premium model to as much as 459 horsepower and a muscle car-worthy 612 pound-feet of torque in the range-topping Mustang Mach-E GT trim.

The Premium trim with the extended range battery pack and get to 60 mph in around 5.5 seconds but the range-topping GT can go from 0 to 60 mph in anywhere from 3.5 to 4.0 seconds.

At the same time, range options will vary depending on the combo you choose. You can choose the standard range with AWD and still have only 210 miles at your disposal or you can opt for the extended range with AWD and add 60 miles to the range for a total of 270 miles. If you want the highest range of the lot, opt for the California Route 1 with the extended range battery and all-wheel drive. - that nets you an impressive 300 miles of range.

There’s a pattern that you’ll notice here, and this pattern also happens to come in the form of a question that you’ll need to answer if you’re buying a Ford Mustang Mach-E.

Would you rather have top-shelf performance or would you rather have longer-lasting range? One comes at the expense of the other so you’re going to have to decide what matters more to you.
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Ford Mach-E Performance vs. Its Rivals

Ford Mustang Mach-E vs. Audi E-Tron Quatro

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The Audi E-Tron comes with a 95-kWh battery pack and a slew of electric motors that produce a combined 402 horsepower and 490 pound-feet of torque.

It has one of the highest outputs of any electric crossover on the market today, but for some reason, all that power doesn’t translate to impressive range or performance times. The E-Tron can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds and has a range of only 204 miles. They’re the lowest figures of any electric crossover on this list. Then again, the E-Tron does max out at a top speed of 124 mph — one of the fastest among the models in this comparison — so at least it has that to be proud of.

Initial reviews of the E-Tron’s ride have come out positive with most testers indicating that it’s swift and composed on the road.

Its acceleration is typical of most electric crossovers and the ride quality is what you’d expect from an Audi. It’s hard not to emphasize these qualities because if you’re looking at the Ford Mustang Mach-E, you’re going to want something similar out of it. The Mach-E does not provide the same amount of power as the E-Tron unless you opt for the range-topping Mach-E GT, but at least it accelerates off the line just as impressively as the Audi. That’s the boon of having that much torque going to the rear wheels. In any event, you’re still going to have to make compromises if you want the Mach-E to match the E-Tron’s output. Then again, you can just splurge away and just get the Mach-E GT. That’ll get the job done.

Ford Mustang Mach-E vs Audi E-Tron
FORD MUSTANG MACH-E AUDI E-TRON
Battery 75.5 kWh / 98.8 kWh 95 kWh
Horsepower 255 horsepower / 459 horsepower 402 horsepower
Torque 306 pound-feet / 459 pound-feet 490 pound-feet
Range 210 to 330 milles 204 miles
Drive Type RWD / AWD AWD
0 to 60 MPH 3.5 to 6.5 seconds 5.5 seconds
Top Speed n/a 124 mph

Read our full review on the 2019 Audi E-Tron Quattro.

Ford Mustang Mach-E vs. Mercedes EQC

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What’s the best way to describe driving the Mercedes EQC? Most people say it’s “easy to drive,” but I prefer “typically Mercedes.”

In a world where performance and range have become the go-to requirements among electric car buyers, the Mercedes EQC proves that you can have those things and still enjoy the quintessential Mercedes driving experience

. The EQC features an 80-kWh battery pack and electric motors that produces 402 horsepower 561 pound-feet of torque. Range can falls anywhere from 277 to 293 miles and the crossover can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.8 seconds to go with a top speed of 112 mph. The numbers are what you’d expect from a Mercedes, but what really separates the EQC from all other electric crossovers in its class — that includes the Mustang Mach-E — is that you don’t feel like you’re driving an electric car.

You feel like you’re driving a luxury car that just happens to run on electricity.

The steering is light enough that it offers impressive feedback, and there’s a subtleness to the way it runs on the road that makes you forget that there’s no gas engine underneath its hood. As impressive as the Mustang Mach-E’s first impression is, it’s going to have a hard time replicating the kind of comfort you get when you’re driving the EQC.

Ford Mustang Mach-E vs Mercedes EQC
FORD MUSTANG MACH-E MERCEDES EQC
Battery 75.5 kWh / 98.8 kWh 80 kWh
Horsepower 255 horsepower / 459 horsepower 402 horsepower
Torque 306 pound-feet / 459 pound-feet 561 pound-feet
Range 210 to 330 milles 277 to 293 miles
Drive Type RWD / AWD AWD
0 to 60 MPH 3.5 to 6.5 seconds 4.8 seconds
Top Speed n/a 112 mph

Read our full review on the 2019 Mercedes-Benz EQC.

Ford Mustang Mach-E versus Jaguar I-Pace

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Pound for pound, the Jaguar I-Pace might be one of the best electric crossovers on the market.

The I-Pace has a 90-kWh battery pack, and its electric motors produce 392 horsepower and 512 pound-feet of torque.

That setup enables the Jag to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and hit a top speed of 124 mph, More than these numbers, the I-Pace delivers the kind of driving experience you’d want in a premium electric crossover. The acceleration is tremendous and the handling is top-caliber. It’s not the fastest electric crossover in its segment, but it makes up for it with good cornering abilities and an adaptive suspension that can either raise the SUV in case you’re up for some light off-roading or lower it if you want a smoother ride.

These are qualities that the Ford Mustang Mach-E appears to have, though you’ll probably need to get the higher-spec versions to enjoy the same kind of technology that the I-Pace offers.

Adaptive suspension, for example, is only available in the Mach-E GT Performance Edition. That’s not at all surprising considering that the Mach-E’s five versions cover a lot of ground as far as customer expectations are concerned. This is the catch-22 that comes with the Mach-E. The variety of trim options available provides us with more latitude to choose which version we want but having that many versions also means that you’re not going to compromise somehwere along the way. The Ford Mustang Mach-E Select Edition isn’t meant to be a competitor to the Jaguar I-Pace, but the more expensive Mach-E GT Premium Edition might be up-to-task. You just have to spend more to find out.

Ford Mustang Mach-E vs Jaguar I-Pace
FORD MUSTANG MACH-E JAGUAR I-PACE
Battery 75.5 kWh / 98.8 kWh 90 kWh
Horsepower 255 horsepower / 459 horsepower 394 horsepower
Torque 306 pound-feet / 459 pound-feet 512 pound-feet
Range 210 to 330 milles 234 miles
Drive Type RWD / AWD AWD
0 to 60 MPH 3.5 to 6.5 seconds 4.5 seconds
Top Speed n/a 124 mph

Read our full review on the 2019 Jaguar I-Pace.

Ford Mustang Mach-E vs. Polestar 2

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Some people describe the Polestar 2 as a high-riding electric sedan. Others call it an electric crossover.

Regardless of what you call it, there's no denying that the Polestar 2 is one of the best electric cars on the market today.

Forget about its drop-dead gorgeous aesthetics in this space. The Polestar 2 masterfully blends design with performance in a way that the Ford Mustang Mach-E hopes to achieve. The Polestar 2 utilizes a 78-kWh battery, but it’s still the most potent among the electric crossovers in its segment. All told, the Polestar 2 produces 408 horsepower and 487 pound-feet of torque, good enough to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds to go with a range of 275 miles. The numbers are impressive, but it’s the way the Polestar 2 handles on the road that really makes the model stand out. It is one of the most poised electric crossovers you can get your hands on. It’s well-balanced to the point of predictability, yet there are moments where you can unleash it and feel the crossover’s motorsports roots with every corner and straight it conquers. Throw in the $6,600 “Performance Pack,” and you also get Brembo brakes, 20-inch alloy wheels, and a set of Öhlins suspension dampers that are tuned manually at each wheel, providing improved balance without losing any of its drive characteristics. I’m optimistic that the Ford Mustang Mach-E can match wits with the Polestar 2, particularly the Mach-E GT. The latter will have more power at its disposal so all that remains is for the ‘Stang EV crossover to perform as well, maybe even better, than the Polestar 2.

Ford Mustang Mach-E vs Polestar 2
FORD MUSTANG MACH-E POLESTAR 2
Battery 75.5 kWh / 98.8 kWh 78 kWh
Horsepower 255 horsepower / 459 horsepower 408 horsepower
Torque 306 pound-feet / 459 pound-feet 487 pound-feet
Range 210 to 330 milles 275 miles
Drive Type RWD / AWD AWD
0 to 60 MPH 3.5 to 6.5 seconds 4.7 seconds
Top Speed n/a n/a

Read our full review on the 2020 Polestar 2.

Ford Mustang Mach-E vs. Hyundai Kona

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The Hyundai Kona EV is the only all-electric crossover in this group that can compete against the Ford Mustang Mach-E Select.

It doesn’t really belong in this comparison with the E-Trons and EQCs of the world, but it’s here to add a little color and perspective to the proceedings, especially if you’ve locked in on buying the base-level Mach-E Select. The Korean all-electric EV uses the smallest battery pack — 68 kWh — and delivers 201 horsepower and 291 pound-feet of torque. The numbers are adequate relative to the Kona EV’s place in the ranks, but the Hyundai does have a decent range of 258 miles, much higher than the 230 miles you’ll get from the Mustang Mach-E Select with the Standard Range pack and the rear-wheel drive layout. One of the best things about the Kona is that it offers a lot of surprises for an entry-level EV.

You’d be shocked by how fast it accelerates relative to your expectations. Not only that, but the Kona EV can also sustain that performance over the long haul. You’d expect something like that from the I-Pace or the EQC, but the Kona EV is capable in that sense too. There’s a gentleness to the way it rides that’s impressive, and the responsive steering and all-around agility on the road are pleasant surprises, too.

Judging by first impressions, the Mustang Mach-E shouldn’t be too different from the Kona EV.

I expect it to offer a sportier and more aggressive driving experience by virtue of its nameplate. I also expect it to be edgier on the road in ways that the Kona doesn’t quite reach For an entry-level crossover, the Kona EV punches above its own performance weight.

Ford Mustang Mach-E vs Hyundai Kona EV
FORD MUSTANG MACH-E HYUNDAI KONA EV
Battery 75.5 kWh / 98.8 kWh 68 kWh
Horsepower 255 horsepower / 459 horsepower 201 horsepower
Torque 306 pound-feet / 459 pound-feet 291 pound-feet
Range 210 to 330 milles 258 miles
Drive Type RWD / AWD FWD
0 to 60 MPH 3.5 to 6.5 seconds 7.6 seconds
Top Speed n/a 104 mph

Read our full review on the 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric.

Which Electric Crossover is Beter?

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Each of these electric crossovers, the Ford Mustang Mach-E included, offers something different.

If you want power and performance, the Mustang Mach-E with the range-extending 98.8-kWh battery pack addresses those needs. Mind you, we’re talking about torque levels that are in line with the real Mustang muscle car. Then again, not everyone can handle that kind of power and torque from an electric crossover. That’s where models like the Polestar 2 and Jaguar I-Pace come through. They’re not the most powerful electric crossovers on the market, but their strength involves combining a lot of important pieces and offering them in one package. It doesn’t hurt that the Polestar 2 is the best-looking among all these vehicles. If you want something akin to premium feels, the Audi E-Tron and the Mercedes EQC have that covered. On the flip side, if money is an important factor, the Hyundai Kona is a good bet.

Ford Mustang Mach-E specifications
MAKE FORD MUSTANG MACH-E AUDI E-TRON MERCEDES EQC JAGUAR I-PACE POLESTAR 2 HYUNDAI KONA EV TESLA MODEL Y
Battery 75.5 kWh / 98.8 kWh 95 kWh 80 kWh 90 kWh 78 kWh 68 kWh n/a
Horsepower 255 horsepower / 459 horsepower 402 horsepower 402 horsepower 394 horsepower 408 horsepower 201 horsepower n/a
Torque 306 pound-feet / 459 pound-feet 490 pound-feet 561 pound-feet 512 pound-feet 487 pound-feet 291 pound-feet n/a
Range 210 to 330 milles 204 miles 277 to 293 miles 234 miles 275 miles 258 miles 230 to 300 miles (est.)
Drive Type RWD / AWD AWD AWD AWD AWD FWD RWD / AWD
0 to 60 MPH 3.5 to 6.5 seconds 5.5 seconds 4.8 seconds 4.5 seconds 4.7 seconds n/a 3.5 to 5.9 seconds
Top Speed n/a 124 mph 112 mph 124 mph n/a n/a 120 to 150 mph

Pricing

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Speaking of money, you can make a case that this is the ultimate test of what electric crossover you’ll end up buying.

The Kona, for obvious reasons, is the cheapest of the lot with a starting price of $36,950.

The Audi E-Tron starts at $74,800, making it the most expensive electric crossover among those in this lineup. Mercedes hasn’t announced pricing details for the EQC, but expect it to fetch north of $70,000, too. You can bet that it’s going to be a bit more expensive than the Jaguar I-Pace, which starts at $69,500.

The Ford Mustang Mach-E, on the other hand, covers both ends of the pricing spectrum. The base Mustang Mach-E Select starts at just $44,895 while the Premium trim with the range-extending battery pack and AWD will set you back $65,500. That’s almost the price of the E-Tron, I-Pace, and most likely, the EQC.

Ford Mustang Mach-E prices
FORD MUSTANG MACH-E AUDI E-TRON MERCEDES EQC JAGUAR I-PACE POLESTAR 2 HYUNDAI KONA EV TESLA MODEL Y
Pricing $44,895 to $65,500 $74,800 n/a $69,500 n/a $36,950 $40,200 to $61,000
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