Ford Mustang (2015) Review

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Ford Mustang (2015) At A Glance

3/5

+Guaranteed to get attention. 5.0-litre V8 sounds fantastic engine. No other car can match the V8 for pound-per-horsepower.

-V8 has a frightening thirst for fuel. The interior lacks quality. Uncharismatic sound from 2.3 EcoBoost. Tiring to drive in traffic. A handful in wet or wintery conditions.

New prices start from £33,645
Insurance Groups are between 41–47
On average it achieves 97% of the official MPG figure

It took Ford 50 years before it officially brought its iconic muscle car to Europe. And - quelle surprise - it's been an enormous success. The UK is the Mustang's second biggest European market after Germany - outselling the Porsche 911.

Why the success? Well, what other iconic V8-powered sports car can you buy for less than £45k? The Mustang is a car that screams "look a me", a car that makes a statement. A car you should buy if you want to stand out in a car park full of greyscale German cars.

Updated for 2018, the Mustang has been given a slight facelift - with a more aggressive front end made up of a larger front splitter and revised LED headlights. To the rear, a revised bumper, optional rear spoiler and quad-tailpipes for the V8 give it an even more boisterous appearance.

That V8 - the engine everyone wants - now delivers 450PS (up from 416PS), just in case anyone previously felt it wasn't powerful enough. It provides exactly the driving experience you'd want from a Mustang - loud and deep on start-up, while being aggressive with the throttle will get the 'Stang out of shape pretty quickly. The downside is a car that's far from relaxing to drive in the same way a powerful Audi, BMW or Mercedes-Benz can be. The clutch - if you choose a manual - is heavy in traffic, while the gear change is clunky.

Half of buyers are expected to opt for the more wallet-friendly 2.3-litre EcoBoost with 290PS (down from 314PS pre-facelift). While it has its benefits - it's more economical, obviously, and more docile - it's not what the Mustang is all about. We like the same engine in the Focus RS, but it's underwhelming in the Mustang. The noise is disappointing and the performance is adequate at best. When the V8 is only marginally more expensive and slightly-more-than-marginally thirstier than the EcoBoost, it's hard to justify not going for the full-fat Mustang experience.

Whether you opt for the sleek coupe or the soft-top is down to personal preference. We prefer the appearance of the Fastback, but the multi layer insulated fabric hood of the convertible does a fine job of hiding wind noise. And, besides, being able to drop the roof and enjoy the V8 sound in all its glory is a very tempting proposition.

Ford's given the interior a more premium finish for 2018, but it's still the area that lets the Mustang down compared to more premium rivals. But its naffness is part of what makes it a Mustang - if you want soft touch finishes and a slick infotainment system, buy an Audi.

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Real MPG average for a Ford Mustang (2015)

RealMPG

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance

97%

Real MPG

18–34 mpg

MPGs submitted

84

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I'm having trouble finding the car I want in NI. How do you suggest I buy it?
"I'm having trouble finding the car I want (Ford Mustang Convertible) in Northern Ireland. If I have to get one from Britain, there's no way I can take it back easily if anything went wrong. How do you suggest I buy it? I was thinking of distance selling then spend a week testing mercilessly, which would be fun, or could I ask for a trade sale at a cheaper price as I won't have or need any comeback. The local Ford specialist dealer wants £500 to bring one over, whether I buy it or not."
It's a difficult one – even if you buy a car via a distance sale (bringing with it your right to return within 14 days), you'll be responsible for the costs of returning the car, and the terms and conditions are likely to impose a maximum mileage you can cover before returning it (this is likely to be around 150 miles but could be as little as 50). Anything over this and you'll have to stump up an excess mileage fee. Basically, don't expect to rag around a Mustang for a few weeks without the dealer trying everything in their power to penalise you for it! I'd be surprised if a dealer's willing to provide one as a trade sale, either. Good used stock is hard to come by at the moment, so dealers are holding out for top money. A dealer can't strictly sell a car to a member of the public as a trade sale, either – even if you promise not to darken their door ever again, you can't waive your rights. It might not be what you want to hear, but I reckon the best way forward is to wait a few months (when Covid will hopefully be relished to history), jump on a flight to England and find the Mustang of your dreams. You could make it an incredible summer road trip...
Answered by Andrew Brady
Are there any affordable to run, fun cars you can recommend?
"Do you have any suggestions for an affordable to run car with more than five cylinders? Otherwise, I have to go down the boring car route to replace my 2005 Volkswagen Golf GT? I'm tall, ruling out some sportscars. I just fancy something that burbles for once in my life before petrol and diesel cars are banned. Fuel and insurance aren't a problem. Don't mind paying more initially if the depreciation, servicing and maintenance is low cost."
Generally, the more cylinders, the more a car will cost to run. If you want something that sounds good and you're not too concerned about fuel bills, consider a Ford Mustang with the 5.0-litre V8 engine. It'll sound incredible and won't lose a huge amount of value in the short term.
Answered by Andrew Brady
What are the pros and cons of leasing a car?
"I'm considering leasing a Ford Mustang and wish to understand the pros and cons of this idea."
Leasing works for lots of people. It is one of the simpler methods of car finance, with servicing and maintenance usually included in the monthly payments. This means you get fixed-cost monthly motoring and do not need to worry about depreciation. You may also be able to change the car every 12 or 24 months. However, leasing monthly costs can be a lot higher than other forms of finance. A deposit is still required and you will be charged if you exceed the agreed mileage limit or break the wear and tear policy. You will also be tied into the lease agreement for a set period of time and will not be able to exit the contract without paying penalty fees. This means you need to be very sure about your choice of car, because you will not be able to cancel the contract if you discover the car is not suitable or too expensive to fuel for your everyday needs. For more information on car finance, see: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/cheap-car-finance-advice
Answered by Dan Powell
What's the best convertible for comfort and reliability?
"I'm 75 years old and would like to buy a comfortable convertible as my last car. I'm not interested in speed but more comfort and reliability. I would also like room in the back for my three grandchildren. If possible I'd want an automatic petrol. "
A Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet would be a lovely choice, but it's not cheap - a C180 automatic starts at around £41,000. If you'd prefer something smaller, consider an Audi A3 Cabriolet. Or, as something a bit different, how about a Ford Mustang? The 2.3-litre EcoBoost will be fine for your needs.
Answered by Andrew Brady

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