The Mustang has been capturing the hearts of drivers for over 40 years. Surviving longer than most other models in its class, few sports cars are as iconic. Since its launch in 1964, it has never been off sale, even if its popularity has fluctuated over the years. Unmistakably still a Mustang, Ford’s hugely successful ‘Pony Car’ is hitting its 6th generation in 2020 with striking, modern looks that manage to integrate some retro touches that harp back to its rich past.
In some ways, the 2020 Ford Mustang is as just as you'd expect it to be. It has rear-wheel drive, an available 5.0-litre V8 under the hood, and all sorts of factory options to make it faster, louder and more distinctive. What you might not expect about the Mustang is the way Ford has committed to the standard 4-cylinder engine. Base Mustangs used to be underpowered and unloved, but not anymore.
Mustang Convertible: The elegant convertible should be popular with sun-lovers who in typical British style will use even a forecast of sunny spells to pop the roof. UK-spec cars are available with a traditional 5.0-litre V8, or a more economical 2.3-litre 4-cylinder turbo EcoBoost engine and you can get an auto or manual gearbox, too, while the fully independent rear suspension has boosted handling, although chopping the roof off the Mustang has compromised it somewhat.
Mustang Fastback: The coupe fastback is the model to go for if you’re looking for driving fun. GT Fastback versions can be had with a 6-speed manual or efficient 10-speed automatic transmission, while the convertible is automatic only.
There aren't too many rivals for the Mustang in the UK. Its arch-rival in the US is the Chevrolet Camaro, available in the UK as a special order model in left-hand-drive only, so the Mustang has the market pretty much to itself. The Lexus RC F is a V8 coupe, but it's around £20,000 more expensive than the Ford. The Toyota Supra is a better all-round sports car but is priced to take on more expensive rivals such as the Porsche Cayman.
As for the convertible, the only rivals for this 4-seater are the BMW 4 Series and Audi A5, but the Mustang Convertible offers far better value-for-money. Not only does it have more kit, it's also a larger car, although that does mean it can feel a little unwieldy on narrower UK roads.
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