Ford Mustang Mach-E vs Tesla Model Y: Did Ford Build A BETTER Tesla? With Ford entering the world of electric vehicles, does Tesla have anything to worry about? Electric SUV enthusiasts will have one more choice: the Mustang Mach-E is pitted against the Tesla Model Y in this comparison to determine which will be the better electric car.
The search for the best electric SUV continues for many potential buyers. So today, we decided to put two electric cars from American manufacturers in front of each other: Tesla and Ford.
With the arrival of the Model Y in France, Tesla wants to follow up on the Tesla Model 3 and establish itself as the leader of the SUV market in addition to the electric sedan market. On the other hand, we chose Ford’s Mustang Mach-E, which is not lacking in assets. Depending on your preferences, one of the two should suit you better than the other. So, without further ado, let’s start the match.
Ford Mustang Mach-E vs Tesla Model Y, DIMENSIONS, WEIGHT, AND EXTERIOR DESIGN
On paper, it’s not the dimensions that will separate the Ford Mustang Mach-E from the Model Y. It’s pretty simple: the Tesla is 4 centimeters longer and broader and is equal in height (1.62 meters). However, the Model Y is 4.75 meters long compared to the Mach-E’s 4.71 meters, and the Tesla is 1.92 meters wide compared to Ford’s 1.88 meters.
The Tesla Model Y has a characteristic front end, with a plunging hood, a full grille, and lights that recall the sporty side of the SUV. The rear is much more standard, with a large trunk relatively high.
The Ford Mustang Mach-E is much flashier and will not leave anyone indifferent. The front lights are pretty aggressive, and the lines are reminiscent of a coupe more than an SUV. The emphasis seems to be on the sporty aspect.
On the scale, with just over two tons for the Tesla Model Y, the Ford Mustang Mach-E will be heavier (between 2,085 and 2,273 kilograms), except in its entry-level version (1,969 kilograms).
INSIDE Ford Mustang Mach-E AND Tesla Model Y
Despite the Mustang’s heritage, Ford has completely redesigned the interior of its Mach-E and offers an original and successful package. Unfortunately, the center console is still quite imposing, reducing the space on board, which could have been more generous considering the size of the car.
The materials (imitation leather for the seats and fabric on the dashboard) are of decent quality without being a reference in the segment. A front trunk of 81 liters is revealed when you lift the hood, while the rear compartment offers a capacity between 402 and 1420 liters (by folding the rear seats).
The Tesla Model Y doesn’t play in the same league in terms of storage capacity: 854 Liters for the rear trunk with the seats up and 2,041 Liters with the seats down. If your priority is to be able to move equipment or carry large luggage for a trip, no doubt the Model Y will win.
The interior is more minimalist at Tesla, with the famous central screen that controls everything. No buttons other than the window controls are visible, while the space on board is excellent, both front and back.
Ford Mustang Mach-E vs Tesla Model Y, IN-CAR TECHNOLOGIES
Tesla’s famous Autopilot (a combination of active cruise control and lane keeping) is standard on the Model Y, offering Level 2 autonomous driving. On the central screen, you’ll find navigation with the integration of the recharging stages in the manufacturer’s network and responsiveness that sets the standard in the automotive industry.
The front seats are electric and have profile memory for the driver. All front and rear seats are heated as standard. Finally, there are two induction chargers in the show and four USB-C ports to charge your devices.
Ford doesn’t skimp on technology: heated and ventilated power seats in the front, Android Auto, Apple Carplay, and a 360-degree camera. It’s all there.
The second screen behind the steering wheel is a nice touch, allowing you to keep an eye on critical information (speed, range), while the central 15-inch tablet can display the media being played in large format.
Finally, both Tesla and Ford have had a good idea to do without a key if you wish, with the possibility of having your smartphone (via the Tesla or Ford application) as a key and thus go on the road without carrying a physical key.
Ford Mustang Mach-E vs Tesla Model Y ON THE ROAD
With its impeccable powertrain management that equips the Model Y (front and rear engines, all-wheel drive), Tesla still impresses as much as ever when you push the right pedal. The handling is excellent, the acceleration is very sporty, and as often happens, if we favor dynamism, it is at the expense of comfort.
The suspension is a bit firm on the Model Y: you should prefer 19-inch wheels if possible rather than the Performance version’s 20- or 21-inch wheels.
One-pedal driving is possible, thanks to the excellent management of regenerative braking and the automatic application of mechanical brakes to keep the vehicle at a complete stop. At Ford, one-pedal driving is also possible, using an engine brake powerful enough to dispense with the brake pedal in most cases.
The playfulness of the Ford Mustang Mach-E will quickly reveal itself on secondary roads, where the impeccable steering and excellent handling for a vehicle weighing over two tons will be noted.
Ford Mustang Mach-E vs Tesla Model Y: ALL ENGINES OFFERED
The Ford Mustang Mach-E is available in:
- Mach-E: rear-engine, rear-wheel drive, 0 to 100 km/h in 6.2 seconds, top speed 180 km/h ;
- AWD: front and rear engine, all-wheel drive, 0 to 100 km/h in 5.1 seconds, top speed 180 km/h.
- GT: front and rear engine, all-wheel drive, 0 to 100 km/h in 3.7 seconds, top speed 200 km/h.
The Tesla Model Y is now offered in two versions:
- Long Range: front and rear engine, all-wheel drive, 0 to 100 km/h in 5.0 seconds, top speed 217 km/h ;
- Performance: front and rear engine, all-wheel drive, 0 to 100 km/h in 3.7 seconds, top speed of 241 km/h.
Ford Mustang Mach-E vs Tesla Model Y, RANGE, BATTERY, AND CHARGING
One of Tesla’s strengths is its network of Superchargers, which will officially open to electric vehicles from other brands. For example, with around 100 Superchargers in France offering charging power of up to 250 kW, you can recharge the Model Y to 80 percent in about 30 minutes.
The 11 kW onboard charger will allow you to charge the battery in 7 hours fully. However, it will take around 26 hours to fill up with electrons from a domestic socket.
The Tesla Model Y’s WLTP range varies between 514 and 565 kilometers depending on the version and rim size selected. All variants are currently equipped with 79 kWh batteries.
At Ford, two different batteries are offered depending on the version chosen. One with 76 kWh and another with 99 kWh, offering ranges from 400 to 610 kilometers WLTP. DC charging power is limited to 150 kW (115 kW for versions with 76 kWh batteries). Thus, fast charging from 10 to 80 percent will take up to 45 minutes under ideal conditions.
The 11 kW onboard charger will allow you to go from 0 to 100% overnight if you have a powerful enough charging station at home. However, a domestic outlet will take up to 40 hours to reach full charge.
Ford Mustang Mach-E vs Tesla Model Y PRICE
With a list price of 50,450 euros for the entry-level model, the Ford Mustang Mach-E is still almost 10,000 euros cheaper than the Tesla Model Y. Of course; the WLTP range is not as good as Tesla’s performance will not be similar. But the entry ticket is much cheaper on Ford’s side.
If you want to go to the other end of the range, you’ll have to pay 30,000 more at Ford: the Mustang Mach-E GT, Extended Range AWD with optional paint will be priced at 80,250 euros.
The Tesla Model Y starts at 59,990 euros, allowing it to benefit from the ecological bonus reserved for vehicles not exceeding 60,000 euros. However, as soon as you choose an option, you can say goodbye to the state aid.
As with Ford, Tesla’s top-of-the-line models will come with a higher price tag, with a price tag of 77,780 euros for a Tesla Model Y Performance with the most expensive options in the catalog.
WHICH ONE TO CHOOSE BETWEEN, THE FORD MUSTANG MACH-E AND THE TESLA MODEL Y?
At the end of this comparison, you will have understood that the two vehicles with comparable dimensions differ on many points. However, for long and frequent journeys, it is difficult to recommend anything other than the Tesla Model Y, as the Supercharger network and fast charging performance are reassuring compared to other charging operators.
However, many of the features absent from the Tesla Model Y are present in the Ford Mustang Mach-E. These include ventilated seats, a 360-degree camera, and Apple Carplay and Android Auto. Controlled suspensions are also available for the higher-end models, ensuring comfort. However, the Model Y’s enormous trunk is a significant drawback when choosing the Mustang Mach-E.
Both vehicles are worth a visit. And if you have the opportunity, a test drive will probably be the best way to determine which one suits you best. One thing is for sure; there is no wrong choice between the two.