2019 Ford Mustang Review - Asian Car Guide
November 15, 2018




2019 Ford Mustang Review

2019 Ford Mustang Road Test, Review

2019 Ford Mustang Review front

The Ford Mustang became available in 1964 and had huge popularity with highest number of US sales in 1966.

Continuously available ever since, it’s gone through many styling changes, the current sixth generation appearing in 2015 and then evolutionary updates applied to continually improve styling, safety, braking, engine power, suspension and other features, notably finally factory built as right hand drive.

There is a quite starkly contrasting engine choice to be made between the ‘Ecoboost’ base model  2.3 Litre direct-injected variable-scroll-turbo 4 cylinder, producing 224 kW power and 441 Nm torque, and the 5.0 Litre V8 ‘Coyote ‘ engine ( 339kW/ 556Nm), a well behaved ‘muscle’ or very powerful sports car.

The 2.3L car is probably more practical for everyday driving because of fuel economy, cost and concern for environment – still impressively powered and, being lighter, more dynamic in manoeuvring, with maybe better balanced cornering. Apart from its name and lack of GT badge it looks exactly the same and drives similarly to the GT, with the same multi-link independent non-jolting rear suspension that really improves dynamics. For those not needing or liking the GT sound track, it has the GT Mustang’s distinctive appearance but more normal sounding and acting engine.

2019 Ford Mustang Review rearAll models feature four exhaust outlets and menu selected ‘loudness control’, with quiet, normal, sport or track, according to how noticeable you want to be on a given occasion!

Some motoring traditionalists aren’t happy unless able to change gears by stick shift, and a 6 speed manual does is standard for the hardtop Stangs with rev matching on the GT, (automatic is optional for hardtops).

Most people can’t be bothered, thinking automatics probably do a better job anyway. The auto transmission with manual-mode column-paddle-shifters, the only option for convertibles, and now ten-speed, works extremely smoothly and is very competent – interestingly it is the result of joint General Motors-Ford development.

You can choose either fastback hardtop coupe or ‘rag-top’ convertible. There advantages to both. The convertible looks great either top up or stowed away. When it’s down on a sunny day you enjoy open air, the breeze and being able to look around at everything. The long sloping windscreen manages to create an air flow above where the roof would be, leaving hair unruffled and hats in place. At speeds below 5 km/h the soft-top can electrically fold into the boot still leaving plenty of room, with covers to go over the openings at the sides. With good weather it’s hard not to enjoy driving.

With a six footer sitting in the front, a medium sized person is still comfortable in the back. Six footer in back needs to bend his head, but with the roof down its better! Call this a four seater preferably for medium sizers.

2019 Ford Mustang Review interiorHowever the fastback-style coupe more strongly evokes the feeling of the traditional Mustang, and will probably do so even more with the 50 year commemorative limited edition ‘Bullitt’ version available soon (expected price from $73,688 plus on-roads). Some people would also say it’s safer, and it does actually make the car more rigid if you’re into the performance aspects, but it’s really a matter of preference.

Inside, the user-friendly cockpit helps concentration on driving. Windscreen visibility is excellent. Front seats are supportive, with built-in-air-con, optionally Recaro. All controls are logically laid out. Styling is sort of modern minimal retro, and greatly benefited from recent updates. There is a 12” LCD virtual and customisable driver’s binnacle info screen, that can display a good choice of driving readouts, including digital speedo, very good big linear bar tacho across the top,  air/fuel ratio, oil pressure, transmission fluid temperature, even cylinder head temperature, etc.

The car has four drive-mode setups -Normal, Sport+, Track, Snow, and three steering modes- Normal, Sport, Comfort. Stylish retro toggle switches in a line below the aircon activate different modes for drive, steering, tweaking power train responses, steering effort and stability aids, according to circumstances.

There is improved infotainment with the SYNC3 system, and active safety systems such as AEB with pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring and collision mitigation, dynamic-stability and adaptive-cruise control,  lane departure warning and keeping, parking sensors and rear cam, tyre pressure monitoring, eight airbags. Exterior lights are LED, including the Auto-On, Auto-Levelling Headlamps. Very cool over-the-top black or white stripes optional.

Overall this car is very impressive and enjoyable to drive, which is why it has proved so popular in Australia as well as overseas, and along with the Ford Ranger, which we also reviewed, admirably helps Ford fill the vacancy left with the demise of the home grown Falcon.

2019 Ford Mustang Review sideSpecifications:

Engine:

2.3L 4 cylinder turbocharged 224kW @ 5,600-5,700 of power/441Nm @ 3,000 of torque

5.0L V8 with 339kW and 556Nm

Transmission: 6 speed manual or 10 speed auto, auto only for convertible, manual is standard for hardtop with auto optional.

Dimensions, mm: L4,784 x W1,916 x H1,381 x WB2,720

Turning, metres: 12.2

Steering: electric assisted

Petrol: 91–98 RON, Usage in L/100km: about 13 – GT, 9 – Eco

Tank, Litres: 59 Eco, 61 GT, – (cap-less inlet)

Drive-away pricing from:

2.3L Eco-        Hardtop $55.023k, Convertible $64.926k

5.0L V8 GT-   Hardtop $68.569k, Convertible $84.829k

5 year/ unlimited km warranty.