2017 UK Ford Mustang GT review

UK Ford Mustang GT Review

Without a shadow of a doubt, the Ford Mustang GT is a performance car. It’s the American Dream. Does the UK Ford Mustang live up to expectations?

I cannot hide how exciting it was to have this opportunity! We didn’t always have Mustangs here in the UK, and this 2017 Ford Mustang GT sees the first time we have the convertible coupe on the market.

Ford Mustang GT V8 Convertible

Is the UK Ford Mustang a good car?

The exterior of the 2017 Ford Mustang looks much more athletic than before. The strong lines, bold new colours and 19″ alloys make for a striking design. Thankfully, Ford kept the iconic tribar LED lights. You can add an optional rear spoiler too if that’s your thing. The back end has very sporty looking exhaust pipes, which play a very soulful soundtrack.

Open this two-door coupe up and… it’s actually a bit anti-climatic. Whilst you have some soft-touch materials, you can’t help but notice just how much of the interior is still plastic and rather cheap looking. 

How practical is the UK Ford Mustang Convertible?

It’s surprisingly comfortable. The light coloured leather seats I had made the inside brighter and feel more spacious, but you only get two seats in the back. That’s acceptable because it’s a sports car, not a taxi. With the roof raised, you couldn’t comfortably sit two adults back there. Also with the roof raised, visibility isn’t great. Sure, you get two small back passenger windows but they’re so small you can’t really see anything out of them while driving.

Throughout my whole drive with the UK Ford Mustang GT, we had typically British weather. Rain, rain and heavier rain. So to test the mechanical roof I had to take it inside. Similarly to a Porsche Boxster, you do need to release a latch manually inside before you can mechanically lower the roof too, which, again, is more manual labour than you expect in a car like this.

The great thing about the convertible Ford Mustang 5.0 is that when you do put the roof down, it doesn’t take up the boot space. You get a surprising 332L of storage in the boot, however, it does have a rather narrow opening so you might be fighting to get your golf clubs in there. (A Mercedes C-Class might be a better option if you regularly visit the golf course). You can watch my car review on YouTube of the C Class here

Inside you also get a decent sized glove box, small storage door bins and 2 cup holders – which haven’t been adapted to the right-hand drive set up! So if you do put a drink in there then you need to reach over it for your handbrake and it gets knocked over a lot when changing gears! It seems like such an insignificant detail but it really irritated me.

Ford mustang gt convertible interior

Infotainment and Safety of the Mustang Convertible

Much better designed than the cup holders is the infotainment system. It has Ford Sync 3! I’ll be honest, Ford Sync versions 1 and 2 were bad but they have improved it dramatically. With Sync 3 you get an 8″ colour touch-screen with a 9-speaker sound system as standard. This Mustang was fitted with the custom pack, adding Shaker Pro Audio 12-speaker system, a subwoofer in the boot, climate-controlled seats, Sat Nav and reversing sensors.

On top of the reversing sensors and camera, you get plenty more safety and convenience tech as standard. It also comes with Ford MyKey – a safety feature setting one of the keys to limit certain features in the car. For example, if you are sharing your car with your son, you can set MyKey for his key. This disables track mode entirely so he can’t try to show off and crash your pride and joy!

Ford mustang gt convertible interior key

Yes, the car has a track mode!

Regardless of which mode you drive in, you’ll have a smile from ear to ear.

With 421bhp being combined with rear-wheel drive, it can be a very exciting ride. You can get from 0-62mph in just 4.8 seconds and it has a max speed of 155mph. Ford also claims 23mpg on the 5.0L V8 engine. Realistically I was getting around 18mpg.

Ford mustang gt convertible interior

However, if you prefer to just look the part without the expensive fuel bills then you can opt for the cheaper 2.3L EcoBoost alternative. You still get an exhilarating 317bhp, 0-62 is only 1 second slower and the max speed is 145mph. Plus, you get a staggering 35mpg!

Ford Mustang Price and verdict

The Ford Mustang is an affordable supercar. It’s probably the cheapest car with the most horsepower. A 5.0L V8 engine with 421bhp for just under £40,000 is a dream come true! Plus, you get loads of toys to play with. It definitely puts a smile on your face, but you do buy this car with your heart rather than your head. If you do live in the UK I highly recommend the fastback over the convertible. It will have much less wind noise… I’m pretty sure you can deal with a fixed roof on the two days of sunshine we get!

Want to know what it’s like behind the wheel of other cars? Check out my other car reviews here

2 thoughts on “UK Ford Mustang GT Review”

  1. They’re great fun, aren’t they… How did it manage down narrow lanes there?Mustangs are quite wide.

    1. Hi, Thanks for reading. Yes, they are so much fun! Despite being wide, they sit pretty comfortably on most roads around here. I loved every minute of it ha!

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