We’ve had an interesting week… first we got to spend some behind the wheel of the Tesla Model 3 and Model Y, and then 2 days later we had the opportunity to take the Ford Mustang Mach-E – Ford’s first-ever 100% electric vehicle, and the All-New Bronco Sport Big Bend out for a spin. With COVID continuing to put a stranglehold on my usual manufacturer-supplied test vehicles, I really appreciate Grimsby Ford providing me the opportunity for this all too brief, but very enjoyable test-drive. While we only got a quick spin around the block, these are two very impressive vehicles. Stay tuned for a full-blown road test in the future.)
Getting hands-on with the Mustang Mach-E was the main reason we begged the sales manager at Grimsby Ford to let us come in for a test drive – no matter how short the test would be! We’ve been drooling over the thought of driving it since we saw it in the flesh at the 2020 AutoShow. It looks great in the Grabber Blue Metallic colour. This colour is only available in the First Edition and GTP versions of the Mach-E. The debate of this being an actual Mustang and the hordes of naysayers that think it’s sacrilegious to put the Mustang badge on an SUV, an electric one at that, is going to rage for years to come.
We love its look, and the rush of speed from the go pedal is astounding (don’t tell anyone, but we both felt the rush of speed from the Tesla’s were way better – but in fairness, we had a bit more time with them to make sure the settings were just right, so we’ll reserve final judgment on that). The size is just about perfect, and the interior is much nicer than the Tesla’s. I just love the mini dashboard in front of the driver – the only thing better than that would be a heads-up display, but that’s getting really picky. When we first hopped in, the Mach E drove like any regular street car and it would have been pretty tough for the average Joe to tell the difference – that said, we knew something was up! Unfortunately, the regenerative braking had been switched off by whomever had the car out prior to us, and it wasn’t until near the end of our quick lap around the block that we realized we missed out on most of the fun. Steering feedback was very good and the chassis and suspension were excellent over railroad tracks and bumpy roads.
- First Edition
- Extended Range
- Fuel Economy Le/100km: City – 2.4 / Highway – 2.8 / Combined – 2.6
- Cost (from): $71,995
What’s The Verdict?
Five minutes behind the wheel is never enough to fully give any vehicle a proper test. However, it left both of us impressed and looking forward to getting a Mach-E for a full test. With more time, we could have set it up much better than when we got it. We weren’t disappointed and can’t wait until the ‘lesser’ Mach-E’s appear. The First Edition is very limited availability. The California Route 1 is already long sold out.
If you want one, Grimsby Ford have 1 available (one sold the day we were there), with 2 more on order. Expect to pay full list price.
Bronco Sport Big Bend
- Based on the same platform as the Escape, the Bronco Sport feels and drives like a completely different vehicle (it’s cheaper than the Escape too)
- The hood is quite prominent from the front seat, just like trucks of old
- Reminiscent of the original Escape with its very squared-off features, but definitely with a Bronco touch
- Steering input is very good and the steering wheel is just perfect in size
- 5L EcoBoost engine – not my favourite engine, somewhat underwhelming
- 8-Speed Automatic Transmission – shifts are quick, obviously for improved fuel economy
- Seats are well shaped and nicely bolstered – very comfortable
- Rear glass opens separately from the tailgate – This feature is FINALLY back!! Why don’t more CUV’s have this?
- Fuel Economy: Rated at (L/100 km): City – 9.3/ Highway – 8.3 / Combined – 8.9
- Cost: base price is $34,199
- Big Bend Pkg ($1,300) adds: Power Moonroof, Reverse Sensing System and Wireless Charging Pad
What’s The Verdict?
Brief as the drive was, we came away quite impressed. We’d definitely take one over the Escape – it’s more fitting for our lifestyle. Can’t wait to drive it longer-term and also, the other Broncos are coming. They’re more off-roady, but we reserve judgement till we’ve tried them all!
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