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Ford Mustang Convertible Review 2023

The Ford Mustang Convertible is a true testament to the American automaker's commitment to blending raw performance with the allure of open-air driving. As an iconic model in the automotive world, the Mustang Convertible has long been associated with power, style, and a sense of freedom, and the latest iteration does not disappoint.

Rivals to the Ford Mustang Convertible include the Audi A5 Cabriolet and BMW 4 Series Convertible.

Our Ford Mustang Convertible review covers:

Ford Mustang Convertible Key Features

  • Unmistakable muscle car DNA with sleek, aggressive lines and aerodynamic profile
  • Well-crafted and driver-focused cockpit filled with premium materials
  • 332 -litre boot that's the same whether the roof is up or down
  • Multiple powertrain options deliver breathtaking acceleration
  • Two trim levels are available: California Special and GT

Ford Mustang Convertible Pros and Cons:

Pros:

  • Iconic Design
  • Heritage and Legacy
  • Powerful Performance

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Fuel Efficiency
  • Limited Rear Seat Space

Design, Practicality and Boot Space

The design of the new Ford Mustang Convertible stays true to its iconic heritage while incorporating modern touches. The convertible model shares most of its design elements with the coupe version, maintaining the muscular and aggressive appearance that has made the Mustang a symbol of American muscle cars. It features a long hood, short rear deck, and a sloping roofline, creating a classic and timeless profile. The convertible top adds an extra dimension of appeal to the Mustang's design. When the soft-top roof is up, it blends seamlessly with the car's silhouette, maintaining the sleek look of the coupe. When lowered, the top folds neatly behind the rear seats, leaving the car looking elegant and stylish.

Ford Mustang Convertible Exterior

As a two-door sports car, the Mustang Convertible does have some practicality limitations typical of its class. While it can comfortably seat two passengers in the front, the rear seats are more suitable for occasional use or for small children. Legroom and headroom in the back are limited, making it best suited for short trips or as additional storage space when the need arises. The cabin, however, does offer practicality in terms of storage options. There are several storage compartments throughout the interior, including a decent-sized glove box and a centre console, providing convenient space for keeping personal items and small belongings.

One of the practicality compromises with the Mustang Convertible lies in its boot space. Due to the convertible top's mechanism, the trunk capacity is reduced compared to the coupe variant. The convertible top takes up a portion of the rear space when it's folded down, limiting the available room for luggage or larger items. The boot space is sufficient 332 litres of space for everyday errands and carrying a few bags, but it might be a bit tight for larger items or extended trips with multiple passengers.

Interior and Trims

The interior of the new Ford Mustang Convertible is designed to provide a driver-focused and comfortable environment. With a blend of modern amenities and classic elements, the cabin aims to enhance the overall driving experience and cater to the needs of both the driver and passengers.

The dashboard layout is clean and intuitive, featuring a user-friendly infotainment system at the centre. The infotainment system typically includes a large touchscreen display that supports various functionalities, such as navigation, smartphone integration (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto), audio controls, and vehicle settings. The system is designed to be easily accessible and responsive, ensuring that drivers can stay connected and entertained while on the road.

The instrument cluster typically includes analog gauges for speed and engine rpm, often complemented by a digital display that provides additional driving information like fuel economy, trip data, and safety alerts. The interior materials and finishes are generally of good quality, reflecting the Mustang's positioning as a more upscale sports car. Soft-touch surfaces, brushed aluminium accents, and premium trim pieces add to the overall sense of refinement inside the cabin.

Two trim levels are available: California Special and GT.

Exclusive to the convertible variant, the California Special represents a limited-edition model that draws inspiration from a classic Mustang with the same moniker. It boasts aesthetic enhancements, including 19-inch alloy wheels, distinctive California badging, and a front splitter from the Performance Package. Additionally, the interior treats occupants to climate-controlled front seats for added comfort.

As for the GT edition of the Ford Mustang Convertible, it flaunts a redesigned and exclusive aero-lip spoiler at the front, along with enhanced chrome exhaust pipes. The model retains the 19-inch alloy wheels, rear-view camera, parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure assistance, 8.0-inch touchscreen, and infotainment system found in the standard convertible.

Power and Performance

The Ford Mustang offers a roaring V8 engine option, boasting an impressive 5.0-liter capacity and delivering a powerful 450hp. Paired with the standard active sports exhaust, the V8 produces a captivating sound that few other cars can match. Acceleration is brisk, with a 0-62mph time of just over four seconds. However, it's worth noting that the V8's fuel efficiency isn't its strong suit, providing around 30mpg on motorway cruises but dropping to less than 20mpg on winding B-roads.

For those seeking a more economical option, the Mustang also offers a 2.3-liter four-cylinder Ecoboost petrol engine. It's slightly slower to reach 62mph than the V8, but it offers better combined fuel economy. Despite this, the allure of the Mustang is so intertwined with the V8 experience that choosing the Ecoboost might leave enthusiasts yearning for the more powerful engine.

Ford Mustang Convertible Interior

Both engine options come with the choice of a six-speed manual transmission or a responsive 10-speed automatic gearbox. The manual option adds to the engagement of driving the Mustang, while the automatic is a practical choice for city driving and traffic-heavy commutes.

While the Mustang delivers an enjoyable driving experience, some alternatives offer sharper handling. The weight of the V8 engine upfront affects its agility, and the Ecoboost model doesn't feel significantly more nimble. Ford offers an optional adaptive MagneRide suspension, which mitigates body roll during cornering and improves ride comfort on rough roads. However, the Mustang's comfort level doesn't quite match up to some of its competitors in the convertible segment.

Overall, the Ford Mustang Convertible stays true to its heritage as an American automotive icon. It provides an exhilarating driving experience, blending performance, style, and open-air thrills seamlessly. Whether you're a dedicated Mustang enthusiast or simply someone looking for a head-turning convertible with impressive performance, the Mustang Convertible is a worthy contender that will not disappoint.

Leasing vs Buying

The Ford Mustang Convertible is now available for purchase at a starting on-the-road price of £56,400.00*, or it can be leased with monthly payments starting from Price On Request.

If you're considering leasing a Ford Mustang Convertible, we proudly offer excellent car leasing services in the UK. Our leasing deals include a manufacturer's warranty, road tax, breakdown insurance, and free delivery to most areas of the UK mainland (excluding specific regions).

Leasing a Ford Mustang Convertible can often be a more financially advantageous option compared to purchasing outright, thanks to the fixed monthly payments, variable mileage options, low initial rental, and flexible contract durations.

It's important to note that the 'on-the-road' price mentioned includes a year's road fund license, DVLA first registration fee, and a number plate fee. Please be aware that this price is accurate at the time of publication and is subject to change. To get the most up-to-date information, we recommend contacting your nearest Audi retailer. 

 

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