Nearly new buying guide: Ford Mustang

Safety-wise, the Mustang initially scored a disappointing two stars in the Euro NCAP tests, but this was raised to three stars following some updates made on 2017 models.

About £23,000 is the bottom line for an early Mustang with a 2.3-litre engine and an average mileage for the year. Look to spend between £25,000 and £28,000 on an early V8 GT or a 2017 car and around £30,000 to £35,000 on a facelifted example from late 2018 or 2019, bought from a franchised dealer.

Need to know

According to the older NEDC economy figures, the Ecoboost achieves 31.3mpg combined. The V8 is thirstier, unsurprisingly, managing only 22.8mpg.

There have been two recalls for battery cables, which could dangle too close to the potentially hot exhaust manifold and catch fire. In both instances, check with a Ford dealer to make sure your car has had any remedial work carried out.

You might be better off buying a V8 registered after the 1 April 2017 alteration to the VED system. If it cost less than £40,000 when new, you will have to pay only £150 per year, compared with £580 for any car registered before that date.

Our pick

5.0 V8 GT: We should say go for the more frugal four-cylinder 2.3-litre Ecoboost engine, but we just can’t bring ourselves to do it. A V8-less Mustang reminds us of the 1973 oil crisis and the wheezy 89bhp 2.3 fitted to the Mustang II. Shudder.

Wild card

5.0 V8 Bullitt: Live out your favourite Steve McQueen moments in this movie-inspired version, which gets a power hike to 453bhp. Driver to supply their own Herringbone jacket and shades.

Ones we found

2015 2.3 Ecoboost auto, 29,000 miles, £22,950

2016 5.0 V8 GT with Custom Pack, 59,717 miles, £25,950

2019 5.0 V8 GT, 3559 miles, £35,900

2019 5.0 V8 Bullitt, 6499 miles, £39,990


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