- For: Theatre, V8 engine, value for money
- Against: Thirst, limited practicality, feels big
- Verdict: Few cars offer as much drama for the price
In rational terms, the Ford Mustang makes no sense.
There’s little space in the back, the boot is too small, some elements of the interior are lacking in quality, and the V8 engine feels out of touch in 2020.
There’s also the lingering memory of a headline-grabbing two-star Euro NCAP safety rating, although the Mustang gained an extra star following a reassessment.
But nobody will buy a Mustang based on rational thinking.
The fact is, few cars offer as much theatre and show-stopping appeal as the Ford, especially at this price point.
Driving the Mustang is an event. The 2.3-litre Ecoboost version might weigh in at just shy of £40,000, but you’ll forever kick yourself for not buying the 5.0 V8 GT. The soundtrack is intoxicating, the performance is exhilarating and – shock horror – it actually handles very well.
If you’re looking for bang for your bucks, the Mustang is unrivalled.
- Launched: 2015
- Facelifted: 2018
- Due for replacement: 2026