Ford came swinging with their entry into all-electric territory with the Mustang Mach-E, a car that lives up to its namesake’s sporty vibes that blend the best of EV life in an attractive, feature-rich package.
Both single or dual motor options provide lively acceleration and handling better than most crossover competitors. AWD is available for those who want better handling in challenging road conditions.
The range can manage 305 miles on a full charge with the extended range battery and can be recharged rapidly with DC or overnight on 110v or 220v charging.
Inside, you’ll find a streamlined, futuristic dashboard with a fully digital gauge panel, ambient lighting, a panoramic sunroof, heated seats, and wireless charging. There’s plenty of room for passengers, front and back, and plenty of cargo space.
The front truck can even be rinsed and drained, so storing ice for a surprise roadside picnic is doable.
The SYNC infotainment system uses machine learning to fully customize a driver’s experience, providing three driver profiles plus a guest account on a 15.5-inch touchscreen that uses over-the-air updates.
Starting at $42,895, you get a lot of bang for your buck in this solid offering from Ford.
But if you are looking further afield, three top contenders to the Mach-E stand out.
- The Hyundai Kona Electric, with a lower price point, quality materials well designed, lively handling, and a good range
- The Kia EV6, with its slick style and feature-rich interior, also offers delightful handling that compares well to the Mach-E.
- The Hyundai IONIQ 5 offers a good range in a stunning package with plenty of room for cargo and passengers.
Read on for more details about these and other alternatives to the 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E.
Electric Vehicles Similar to the Ford Mustang Mach-E
1. Hyundai Kona Electric
Hyundai offers a strong alternative in the Kona Electric, which provides a 201 hp, FWD electric motor and a low center of gravity that helps it cling to roads while offering responsive steering, zesty acceleration, and a smooth ride.
It earned a 120 MPGe combined, and a respectable EPA estimated driving range, though somewhat less than the Mach-E, of 238 miles on a full charge. The 64.0 kWh battery offers available DC rapid charging.
The exterior is attractive, with clean lines and a simple, minimalistic style that carries to the interior, where you’ll find quality materials and comfortable seating up front.
However, adult passengers will find the rear seats a tight fit. Coming in less than the Mach-E, a Hyundai Kona Electric starts at $35,245.
2. Kia EV6
With both AWD and RWD options, Kia’s EV6 offers up to 576 hp for a downright sporty driving experience, with speedy acceleration, agile handling, and adjustable regenerative braking.
The 77.4 kWh battery offers rapid charging and provides a range of up to 310 miles, just beating out the Mach-E. It gets an EPA-estimated 117 MPGe combined. The exterior design feels like a futuristic spy’s daily driver but in the best way possible.
Inside, you’ll find a well-designed cockpit with a balanced blend of digital elements and practical storage. Passengers will find plenty of room, both front, and back, and there’s lots of space for cargo.
With over-the-air updates, the 12.0 infotainment touchscreen is sure to improve and currently works with voice commands.
There’s also wireless charging, a wifi hotspot, and an upgraded 14 speaker Meridian system for traveling tunes. Slightly less than the Mach-E, with a starting price of $40,900, Kia’s EV6 is a solid alternative with similarly sporty vibes.
3. Hyundai IONIQ 5
The Hyundai IONIQ 5, like the Kona Electric, is a solid competitor to the Mach-E, offering enjoyable handling in a beautiful package with plenty of tech features packed in to make life on the road easier.
It provides multiple options for motors, with the most impressive providing a longer-ranging battery and AWD that boasts 320 hp for lively acceleration.
The 77.4 kWh battery can charge on 220v or with DC rapid charging and offers up to 303 miles on a full charge. You’ll find modern minimalist stylings with plenty of eco-friendly touches in material choice inside.
A head-up display includes augmented reality that can do things like project navigation onto your windshield. While charging, you can recline the front seats and enjoy included footrests.
Voice recognition can help control the 12-inch infotainment screen. Slightly more than the Mach-E, the IONIQ 5 makes every penny count at a starting price of $43,650.
4. Kia Niro EV
The Kia Niro EV offers 201 hp with just a single motor, which grants acceleration from 0-60 in 6.2 seconds.
Maybe not best in class, but respectable. One pedal driving with regenerative braking comes with four levels of regeneration toggled by steering-wheel-mounted paddles.
The 64.0 kWh battery provides a range of 239 miles and earns 123 city/102 highway MPGe. The exterior design gives off sleek, updated soccer mom vibes. Inside the quiet cabin, you’ll find an overabundance of black plastic at all trim levels.
Still, it is well-equipped with standard features like powered, heated front seats that upgrade for ventilation. Other options include a power sunroof and wireless charging.
The intuitive two-zone climate control senses passengers and adapts to save energy when there are none. The rear seats will offer cramped space to adult passengers, and they don’t fold flat, impeding cargo capacity.
But at $39,990, Kia’s Nero makes an excellent alternative to the Ford Mustang Mach-E.
5. Audi Q4 e-tron
The Audi Q4 e-tron has a single or dual-motor option, allowing for AWD with 295 hp. The adaptive suspension ensures a smooth ride while the 77.0 kWh battery provides a range of 241 miles, not quite at the Mach-E’s level, but close.
The exterior design is attractive, with a striking front grille and classic lines.
Inside, you’ll find a squared-off steering wheel with a toggle-switch gear selector, a sleek dashboard with digital gauges, and touch-sensitive controls on the 10.1-inch infotainment system angled towards the driver.
Plus, a head-up display with augmented reality can project nav details or driver-assist warnings.
You’ll also have access to a wi-fi hotspot and wireless charging. At $44,995, Audi’s Q4 e-tron presents a suitable option for those who like the Mach-E but want something with classier style.
6. Jaguar I-Pace
While the Jaguar I-Pace is pricier than the Mustang Mach-E, it still warrants mention as a luxury contender that’s closer in price with many notable features. It comes standard with AWD from two electric motors that offer 394 hp.
You’ll find effortless acceleration, enjoyable steering feedback, a comfortable ride due to included air suspension, and the low center of gravity provides extra stability. The I-Pace is a joy to drive.
The 90.0 kWh battery offers a range of 253 miles, not quite the distance of the Mach-E, but it will still get you where you need to go.
The exterior design is elegant without being over the top, and inside you’ll find clean lines, elegant trim, and high-quality materials you’d expect from a Jaguar.
With four-zone climate control, heated seats front and rear, and lots of cubby storage, the cabin is a place of comfort. At $69,900, the Jaguar I-Pace is a spendy ride, but it’s a low entry with many bells and whistles included for a luxury option.
7. Chevrolet Bolt EV
Delightful to drive and affordable, the Chevrolet Bolt features a FWD, 200 hp motor that offers plenty of acceleration. Regenerative braking provides one-pedal driving that can toggles via a button on the center console.
With a range of 259 miles, the Bolt comes close to Mach-E’s impressive range. Its design is noticeable, with a snub-nosed, futuristic face outside and a thoughtfully designed interior featuring quality materials.
The flat-bottomed driver’s wheel and cozy front seats make for an inviting cockpit. Fully digital gauges plus pull toggles and buttons replace the shifter. Front and back, adult passengers will find comfortable seating, and there’s plenty of room for cargo.
With a wi-fi hotspot and wireless charging, plus over-the-air updates for the 10.2-inch screen, the Bolt’s high-tech features will help keep you connected.
With a starting price of just $32,495, the Chevrolet Bolt is an excellent choice for someone looking for an affordable alternative to the Mach-E.
8. Volvo XC40 Recharge
The Volvo XC40 Recharge offers a fun-to-drive alternative to the Mach-E, featuring two electric motors and a full-time, standard AWD. With 402 hp, it provides lively acceleration alongside its regenerative braking.
The 75.0 kWh battery provides a range of 223 miles, fully charged. Inside, you’ll find a thoughtfully designed, spacious cabin with plenty of cubby storage, cargo space, and refined details.
A 12.3 digital gauge cluster is customizable, and wireless charging is available. Expect to pay more for Volvo’s XC40 Recharge, with a starting price of $51,700; the Mach-E is a more affordable EV option.
9. Tesla Model Y
Tesla’s Model Y comes with an available AWD and features responsive acceleration. Still, the handling is less responsive than the Mach-E, and its high center of gravity and suspension leaves it with a rough ride.
The beautiful all-glass roof, heavily tinted to keep out the harsh sun, also does little to block out road noise. The 75.0 kWh battery provides an impressive 330 miles of range.
Inside, you’ll find a minimalist interior with a clean dash that runs nearly everything, including the speedometer, through the center-dash-mounted infotainment display.
In addition to cabin controls, the display also links up to entertainment functions like Netflix and Youtube (but fear not, these are disabled while the car is driving).
Third-row seating is available, though it would be cramped for adult passengers, and the Model Y provides plenty of cargo space.
Tesla’s also known for its advanced autopilot semi-autonomous driving. You’ll pay more for the Model Y than the Mach-E, with a starting price of $58,990.
10. Mazda MX-30
Mazda’s first entry into all-electric territory, the MX-30 suffers from a pitifully short range of only 100 miles, more than a third that of the Mach-E.
Still, it deserves mention for those whose daily commute is not long for responsive handling and sharp steering. The stylish exterior design carries inside, where you’ll find sustainable natural materials in the details like cork and fabric made from recycled bottles.
The front seats are comfy and generous, but the rear seats won’t offer much room for adult passengers. The floating center console helps add to the cabin’s built-in storage space, and heated front seats come standard for greater comfort.
The cargo space is limited but expands with rear seats that fold flat. The lower price makes the Mazda MX-30 an appealing alternative to the Mach-E, starting at just $33,470.
11. Volkswagen ID.4
With two motor options, the Volkswagen ID.4 can offer AWD and a towing capacity of up to 2,700 pounds. The AWD version provides lively acceleration, and drivers will appreciate the smooth ride and quiet cabin.
Regenerative braking is present, but it doesn’t offer one-pedal driving. The 77.0 kWh battery provides an impressive range of up to 280 miles, nearly achieving the Mach-E’s range.
The ID.4 is also beautifully designed inside and out, with ambient lighting and sleek lines noted on the interior. The front seats, which are standard heated, can be upgraded to offer a 12-way adjustment.
The 10.0-inch infotainment center, which uses voice recognition, can be upgraded to a 12.0-inch model. Navigation comes standard, as does the customizable fully digital gauge cluster.
With a starting price point of $40,760, the Volkwagen ID.4 offers a comfortable option that compares well to the Ford Mustang Mach-E.
12. Volvo C40 Recharge
The Volvo C40 Recharge comes standard with AWD provided by two electric motors mounted front and back, which generate 402 hp. The twin motors provide zippy acceleration and allow up to 3,970 pounds of towing.
The 75.0 kWh battery provides a range of up to 226 miles, and it gets an EPA-estimated 94 city/80 highway MPGe. The Volvo has a sloped roof; the coup-like design looks sleek but causes notable blind spots for the driver.
Inside, elevated seating, clever storage, and high-end materials make for a comfy cabin front and back. The panoramic sunroof and backlit trim panels enhance the beauty of the space.
The infotainment system runs on a Google framework, providing navigation through Google Maps and voice commands through Google assist, and is notably responsive and intuitive to use.
A premium Harmon/Kardon stereo ensures you’ll enjoy the morning commute with your portable concert hall. The Volvo C40 Recharge has a luxury feel and comes with a luxury price tag starting at $58,750.