Ford Mustang (2015–)

What's good

Decent value for V8 muscle car.

Stunning good looks.

Fun to drive, thanks to all independent suspension and meaty steering. 

The 2.3 EcoBoost convertible makes a great summer cruiser with just about acceptable fuel economy.

11-07-2017: Mustang reassessed by Euro NCAP and given a three star rating Ford has responded by making AEB and Lane Assistance standard on its facelifted model and has introduced improvements on its frontal airbags. Received 72% adult occupant safety, 32% child occupant safety, 78% pedestrian safety, 61% safety assist.

What to watch out for

V8 has a frightening thirst for fuel.

2.3 engine lacks charisma.

Interior lacks quality, with an abundance of cheap plastics.

Folding roof lacks refinement, with large gaps between the folded roof and bodywork.

Firm ride.

Hard to see over the bonnet at a sharp hill crest.

25-1-2017: Ford Mustang scored a poor 2-Star safety rating in latest NCAP tests In the frontal offset test, the airbags of both the driver and passenger inflated insufficiently to properly restrain the occupants. In the full-width frontal test, a lack of rear seatbelt pre-tensioners and load-limiters meant that the rear passenger slid under the seatbelt, implying higher risk at abdominal injuries in real life accidents. In the side impact crash, the head of the 10-year dummy contacted the interior trim bottoming out the curtain airbag. Ford says that a face-lifted Mustang will be available later in 2017 with Pre-Collision Assist and Lane Keep Assist as standard. Euro NCAP expects to test the safety of this updated model when it is available on the European market.

10-4-2018: Report of mysterious electrical fire that destroyed a 2016 Ford Mustang 5.0 V8 GT at 5,500 miles. The car had been recalled at 6 months old for an electrical fault. Alarm sounded on 29-3-2018, then car caught fire and burned out. Fire chief said it was an electrical fire.

26-6-2018: Report of coolant loss from 3 month old 2018 Ford Mustang GT at 1,000 miles, coupled with an engine oil leak.

20-8-2018: Complaint of non-availability of body parts to repair 2015 Ford Mustang that was damaged along the driver's side. Body repair shop told owner that Ford does not keep a full stock of Mustang body parts in the UK and that they have to come from the USA. There is currently no estimate for when the parts will be supplied - Repair time is estimated at 10 weeks by the body shop once the parts are received. The claim is being dealt with by the insurance company.

7-9-2018: Report of failure of a/c of 2016 Ford Mustang 5.0GT auto at 6,000 miles. Thought to be evaporator.

9-9-2018: Report of reduced performance from new 850 mile Ford Mustang GT 5.0 V8 automatic when put in 'S'.

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