Thanks to this update, Ford's Mustang will be with us a little longer. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Ten Second Review

This seventh generation Mustang isn't really designed for the future. Instead, it mainly references the past, carrying over its engine and platform from the previous model. Ford wants to give its best-selling sports car a final stay of execution before this model goes the way of all combustion things - hence the sharper exterior and more modern cabin. So it's still authentic and if you loved it before, you'll love it now.


So here we are at the end of an era. This seventh generation Ford Mustang will almost certainly be the last in this iconic model line of hairy-chested muscle-bound US sports coupes and convertibles, which dates back to 1964. Not to be confused with the all-electric Mustang Mach-E electric hatch, which stands for everything most 'Stang owners would abjectly hate.

"Investing in another generation of Mustang is a big statement at a time when many of our competitors are exiting the business of internal combustion vehicles" said Ford CEO Jim Farley at this MK7 model's Autumn 2022 launch. Except that this isn't really another generation of Mustang; more a far-reaching facelift of the previous coupe and convertible. The engines and suspension are basically the same as those of the previous Fastback and cabrio models, which were launched back in 2015, as is the 'S-550' platform. So just how different is this MK7 Mustang from what went before? Let's take a look.

Driving Experience

Ford says that this is the 'most authentic and confidence-inspiring Mustang to drive yet'. There's promise here because all models have a torsen limited-slip differential and the contents of Ford's 'Performance Pack', which gives you magneride adaptive dampers; big Brembo six-piston front calipers and four-piston rear calipers; and sticky tyres, the rears being 20mm wider 275-section items.

We haven't yet mentioned the engine and transmission options, basically because they haven't really changed, the choice being between a base 2.3-litre four-cylinder EcoBoost 290PS unit and the classic 5.0-litre 'Coyote' V8, which is as before with 450PS.

Design and Build

Ford describes the look of this MK7 Mustang as 'more edgy' and that's about right. As before, there are Fastback Coupe and soft-top Convertible versions offered, each providing a distinct design evolution. Slim LED headlights are hooded by an aggressive bonnet and there are dual air intakes in the front grille and dynamic 19-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels.

It's inside though, that the changes you'll most notice prominently feature. Inevitably, this involves screen tech; a little disappointingly in a Mustang, analogue dials are no more, replaced by a 12.4-inch digital display (though you can configure it to show 'classic dials'). That's paired with a customisable 13.2-inch SYNC4 central infotainment monitor. Everything else is as before. Cramped space in the back and (in the Coupe) a reasonable 408-litre boot. Ford reckons even the Convertible's 332-litre trunk will take a couple of golf bags.

Market and Model

Pricing shouldn't differ much from the previous generation model, which started at around £50,000, though that was for the 5.0-litre V8, which was the only engine that was being offered by the end of the old MK6 model's production run. Expect the same kind of premium as before to switch from Fastback Coupe to Convertible - around £3,500. And on the V8 model, as before, expect a £2,000 saving if you opt for the 6-speed manual gearbox rather than the 10-speed automatic.

As for drive assistance technology, well there are the expected next-generation Ford driver assistance features, like Speed Sign Recognition, Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go functionality, Lane Centring Assist, Evasive Steer Assist and Reverse Brake Assist. Another key feature is Active Pothole Mitigation, which continually monitors suspension, body, steering and braking input and adjusts suspension response accordingly. 'Stolen Vehicle Services' - a 'FordPass' function providing 24-hour support in the event of theft - is also new to Mustang.

Owners can stay connected with their Mustang via the FordPass app in other ways, utilising remote features such as remote vehicle start and stop, door locking and unlocking, scheduling a start time, locating the vehicle, and vehicle health and status checks.

Cost of Ownership

Take a deep breath here because you're going to have to pay for your pleasures - at least if you go for the V8 version anyway. The combination of nearly 1.8-tonnes of kerb weight and a normally aspirated 5.0-litre engine couldn't really deliver any other kind of end result. The efficiency figures aren't much different from those quoted with the previous MK6 model, which saw the Fastback V8 manual coupe only manage 22.7mpg on the combined cycle and 277g/km of CO2 - inevitably, it's fractionally worse than that if you go for the Convertible. For the auto, the previous readings (which again we'd expect to be similar with this MK7 model) are slightly better - 23.3mpg and 270g/km in the Fastback and 22.5mpg and 279g/km in the Convertible. It doesn't have to be like this: Mercedes, for example, has proved that an equally powerful V8 can produce returns up to 50% better than that.

Talking of 50% better returns, you can get these with a Mustang - but only if you opt for the alternative turbocharged 2.3-litre EcoBoost four cylinder engine option. This powerplant works with an 'Active Grille Shutter' that reduces aerodynamic drag at the front end. Again, the previous MK6 model figures should be pretty applicable here, which saw a 2.3-litre Mustang Fastback Coupe auto theoretically capable of 30.7mpg on the combined cycle and 205g/km of CO2. The old 2.3-litre Convertible auto managed 29.7mpg and 211g/km.


Ford might well have ended Mustang Coupe and Convertible production completely, but didn't want to quite yet because the old post-2015-era sixth generation version sold so well, garnering that series Mustang the title of 'the world's best-selling sports car'. So it is that we've got the facelift which you may or may not think does enough to deserve it's claimed 'MK 7' status. But at least we have it. At least you can still buy a proper Mustang. And at least the 'Pony Car' story will have one last chapter.


CAR: Ford Mustang

PRICES: £50,000 - £60,000 {est}



CO2 EMISSIONS: [5.0 V8 manual Coupe] 277g/km {est}

PERFORMANCE: [5.0 V8 manual Coupe] 0-62mph 4.5s / top speed 155mph {est}

FUEL CONSUMPTION: [5.0 V8 manual Coupe] (combined) 22.7mpg {est}

BOOT CAPACITY [litres]: 408 {Coupe}

WILL IT FIT IN YOUR GARAGE?: Length/Width/Height 4784/1916/1381 mm {est}