Apart from the name, the next talking point of the Mach E is the interior. And for us, we have mixed feelings. The cabin is dominated by a huge 15.5-inch portrait screen. Very Tesla like, and it runs Ford’s operating system, SYNC 4. This is the company’s connected ecosystem allowing you to access real-time navigation with up-to-date traffic information, route planning and charging locations and requirements based on your driving. It’s a cloud-based system and therefore provides over the air updates for the car. Clear and quick to respond, it includes wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and although they are screen controlled, the climate controls are always at the bottom in the same place, so you do get used to where they are. You also get an imbedded rotary dial for the audio volume, and physical controls for things such as lights, wipers, and all the things you need at a moments’ notice. The system is voice controlled too, so commands can be given to activate certain functions without taking your hands off the wheel, and eyes off the road.
Behind the wheel is a smaller, 10-inch landscape instrument display with speed, charge and other pieces of information you might need at a glance. This is fixed to the dash, but relatively easily read depending on your driving position. All in all, it does work well.
Our reservation is the actual aesthetics of it all. It really does look like someone took a large tablet and just mounted it on one of the face vents, which by the way, are neatly designed into the dashboard behind it. The whole dash is designed to mimic the double-cowled dashboard in a classic Mustang, but then it gets hidden behind this gargantuan screen. The test car also had the ‘Technology Pack’ fitted which gives it an excellent Bang & Olufsen audio system, plus things like ‘Lane Keep Assist with warning’, ‘Quickclear’ heated windscreen, ‘Applink’ remote control system, a Thatcham Category 1 alarm, 360 degree camera, hands free tailgate operation, advanced active park assist and the aforementioned panorama roof. This is fitted to all extended range cars and adds to a very impressive equipment tally. Heated and electrically adjustable seats, wireless charging for your phone, privacy glass, heated steering wheel, blind spot alert, cross traffic alert and the usual driving aids also feature.
Whilst the seats are comfortable enough, they lack a little lateral side support, and feel softer in the squab than some rivals. Build quality is also another area where the Mach-E shows its origins as certain areas of the interior don’t feel quite as ‘premium’ as the £52,000 price tag would suggest.