Ford has created an electric crossover. It'll join the Mustang stable, being called the Mustang Mach E. Putting aside the divisive name, Ford has created a real competitor in this growing segment. It'll compete against cars like the Audi E-Tron, Polestar 2, and Jaguar I-Pace. The Tesla Model Y will also be a rival, although its specs have not yet been revealed. Here's how it stacks up against those cars on paper.

Performance

Here's where the Mach E shows if it deserves its Mustang name. The performance GT model will offer 459 horsepower and 612 lb-ft of torque. That's the most of any of its present competition. A claimed 0-60 time of about three seconds is the fastest as well. If you don't need all that speed, though, a range of performance will be offered.

That performance also cuts down the range. It'll only go 235 miles, 65 less than the maximum-range model which targets 300 miles of range. None of the existing competition can match that range. Ford also offers a base model with 210 miles of range, with the rest of the lineup slotting in between.

Usability

With Ford making its car a crossover, it's got to be practical. And it is. Despite the fastback design with the sloping roof, it manages to beat all its rivals in cargo space. While the E-Tron is close in rear cargo area, the Mustang's much larger frunk puts it ahead.

The Ford also offers good passenger space. It has far more space than the similarly-sized I-Pace and Polestar 2, and is comparable with the much larger E-Tron. Ford uses the black-painted roof to give the appearance of a more steeply-sloping, lower roofline than the car actually has.

Price

The Mustang Mach E is considerably cheaper than the aforementioned competitors, even the performance GT. It doesn't have the same quality and features, but it's certainly a well-made, nice car. In terms of performance, the Ford beats them all soundly, too. The Model Y is the only thing that could compare, and we'll have to wait for its specs to be released.

The base Mach E will start at $43,895, not including the destination charge. However, that's before the $7,500 federal tax credit is taken out of the price. The Model Y is set to be more expensive, and Tesla no longer has that full incentive. As range and performance increases, so does the price. To get 300 miles of range, you'll have to shell out $52,400. The GT will cost $60,500, but you'll have to wait until 2021 to get it. Still, all that's cheaper than the existing competition.

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It's got a polarizing name, certainly. Whether it lives up to that remains to be seen. But it is certainly a very good car in itself, and a very realistic alternative to its competition.

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