Come on. Admit it. You’ve bowed-down to popular opinion and you think that the new Mustang looks brilliant. You might say that it looks even better in right hand drive. Well, whether you’re a fan of Americana or not, I’ve never seen so many heads turn and smile while I’ve been in a test drive.
Recently I got my hands on the new Ford Mustang 2.3 EcoBoost Convertible for a week. In all my years of test driving cars I have never seen the public react in this way towards a car. This piece of muscle is a real head turner. Of course, it’s not the only head turner on Irish roads, but it’s one that guarantees a smile.
It’s not only that it looks good, driving it makes you smile too. This is by no means the best car that I’ve ever driven. I’ve lost traction too easily in it a few times on corners and it can be bumpy on even slightly uneven surfaces. But, I’m prepared to forgive all of that, because it’s a reasonably priced muscle car that brings back some of the fun of driving.
Of course, there will be those of you that see the numbers 2.3, and you think I’m a fool. Let’s be honest – a Mustang isn’t really a Mustang unless it has a V8 5.0 litre engine and a GT sign on the back. Well – I’d agree, but I’m not going to make excuses for the 2.3 EcoBoost. It still delivers a lot of fun, and a lot of power. The 317 PS means that you can get from 0-100km/h in 5.8 seconds, and you enjoy the experience while you quickly get there. I’d even forgive the 2.3 EcoBoost for its synthetic sounds. You see, Ford added in the fake sounds for the driver’s enjoyment and every time you put the foot down you can hear the burble – which makes you think you’re driving with Steve McQueen himself.
The Mustang is a four-seater, but I have to tell you that only two of those seats are useful. I’ll put it this way, my six year old and two and a half year old where giving out about lack of legroom. Of course, both of them got over that very quickly.
The other thing about the 2.3 EcoBoost 4 cylinder engine is the return you get in terms of fuel economy. My test drive returned an overall fuel economy of 10.2l/100km. Now, in comparison with a Ford Focus, that type of return would be ludicrous. But for a muscle car, that’s not bad.
I did have one problem with the car, and unfortunately Ford were unable to tell me what caused the issue. On a couple of occasions towards the end of my week with the Mustang, it wouldn’t start for me straight away. When I tried to start, it would sound as if the engine was flooding. When I asked my Ford contact what the problem was, I was told that they were unable to find anything wrong with it. Now, this might be something to look out for. However, I will say that this particular test car has been driven by lots of motor journalists, and others, since it landed in Ireland in January and it has certainly been put through its paces. I’ve searched car forums to see if anyone else has reported problems, but I’ve been unable to find any that sound like this. The video review above does not include mention of this issue, as I only found the problem after filming had taken place. I will keep an eye on relevant forums over the coming months and update here if I find out more.
So, the Ford Mustang 2.3 EcoBoost is a car that I could certainly live with (provided it always starts). It looks good and feels right. Sure, it’s lacking the quality of drive that you would get from some of its German rivals, but with a starting price of €49,000, I have to say I’m impressed.
Ford Mustang 2.3 EcoBoost Convertible – Test car information
2.3L EcoBoost manual
184g/km (Band E)
Colour: Race Red
19″ Alloy Wheels (Black 5×2 Spoke)
Xenon High Intensity Discharge Headlamps
Power Fold Mirrors with Mustang Logo Projection Lamps
Ford SYNC 2 with 8”Touchscreen
Full Leather Interior
Auto Lights & Wipers
Keyless Entry / Start
Rear View Camera
Dual Zone Climate Control
Ambient Lighting (My Colour)
Fully Independent Front & Rear Suspension
Limited Slip Differential (LSD)
Performance Brake Package
4 Driving Modes – Snow/Wet, Norm, Sport, Track
Track Apps With Accelerometer Technology
Optional features include:
Custom Pack – €2,800
Silver Painted 19” Multi-Spoke Alloy Wheels; Climate Front Seats; Rear Parking Sensors; Satellite Navigation; Premium Audio System
Entry price for Mustang from €49,000
Price for above convertible Mustang model €55,000 – with optional custom pack = €57,800
(Prices exclude delivery and related charges)
[youtube]https://youtu.be/JUHcukQYEkU[/youtube] Watch Bob Flavin’s first drive of the 5.0