The problem Mustang’s have faced across the road is the usual muscle car failing – erratic handling and soft suspension that cause too much lean in bends. However, Ford has modified this model so that it can cope with British roads better.
Its rear suspension setup is more sophisticated, while British models come with a Performance Pack that adds stronger brakes and stiffer springs. Body lean is well controlled and the brakes are pleasingly strong.
That said, the firmer suspension means that at low speeds the ride is jittery and thoroughly uncomfortable.
Running costs aren’t pretty, with the V8 engine returning 23.5mpg economy at best. Yearly road tax, meanwhile, is pegged at £515, thanks to emissions of 299g/km. It sits in insurance group 43 out of 50.
American’s have had to put up with sub-par materials for decades because the Mustang has always been an affordable muscle car. After all that performance has been added, savings need to be made somewhere. As such, while the cabin features a few retro styling cues that are evocative and easy on the eye, some of the materials are decidedly low rent.
The fascia is simple and stylish, and looks precisely how a muscle car should. The chunky switch-gear is user-friendly, and all the dials are well-placed. Ford has added their SYNC 2 infotainment system; it’s easy enough to use and reduces button clutter.
Is it practical? Not especially. The 408-litre boot is impressive, and significantly bigger than the Nissan. It comes with a high boot lip, though, while adding the Shaker audio upgrade for £800 will shrink the boot somewhat.
Unlike the Nissan, the Ford Mustang comes with rear seats. Accessing them is tricky however, as there are no rear doors. Moreover, a sloping roofline diminishes back seat headroom.
But the worst thing about the Mustang’s practicality is its centre console. It’s the same one found in the American model, which means your left elbow will be going straight into a cup holder if you’re not careful!
Nissan – £29,185 – £39,375
Ford – £33,645 – £41,395