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Car Reviews / 12-23-18

2019 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Premium

Better than the old V6 for sure


By Kevin C. Limjoco Photos by by Andréas N. Delos Reyes

 

Alright, if you really want the look and most of the feel of a Ford Mustang GT but demand better everyday fuel economy, then yes, by all means satisfy your craving with the new updated EcoBoost Premium coupé. The upgrades to the entry level Mustang are actually significant. The torque increase combined with the application of the same 10-speed automatic gearbox shared with its V8 GT fastback stablemate actually makes the new EcoBoost Mustang a better performer than a 5th generation 4.6-liter V8 GT and every other standard model Mustang before it.

I’m not a fan of our Triple Yellow Premium test model’s rear spoiler and the odd voice from the standard dual exhaust system. Thankfully Ford does offer the Active Valve Performance Exhaust System with Quad Tips found in the GT as an option so you can adjust the voice. But unlike in the V8 which has a compelling natural baritone, the twin-scroll turbo 2.3-liter 4-cylinder powerplant in its application in the Mustang just does not have any aural charisma whatsoever even at full boil. Which is odd because the same engine sounds good in the more powerful Focus RS, the Lincoln MKC, and even in the Explorer. It almost seems deliberate, and like I already mentioned earlier the Mustang EcoBoost Fastback is actually a real performer that bests practically every Mustang model ever made from the 4.6-liter V8 down.

Our test unit came with some unique packaging (EcoBoost Performance Package and Safe & Smart Package) to give the particular model a bit more sporting gravitas, hence the rear wing, but the rest of the kit is really good. Along with the now standard Line-Lock feature to entertain you like a hooligan with sustained burn-outs, the brakes were upgraded from the standard 12.5-inch units on all corners to 14-inch front brake discs with 4-piston calipers and 13-inch rear brake discs with single-piston calipers, it had the essential but optional MagneRide™ Damping System to actively manage ride comfort, a shorter 3.55 (instead of 3.31) TORSEN® limited-slip rear differential for better power delivery from off the line and when cornering, a solid sounding Shaker Pro audio, and 19-inch x 9-inch (half-inch wider than standard) low-gloss ebony black-painted aluminum alloys wrapped with 255/40R19 96Y Pirelli P Zero tires for better grip.

An additional bonus of the new Mustang EcoBoost is that it is close to 100 pounds lighter than its comparable predecessor so with the additional 30 lb-ft of torque better spread over the 10-gears, you feel the performance difference in both outright speed and handling. Steering is also a touch better too as a cumulative result of the new equipment.

In the Philippine market, the Mustang EcoBoost Fastback with the 10-speed automatic is P680,000.00 ($12,600.00 approximately) cheaper than the Mustang GT Fastback with the same transmission which is a big jump in price, so given our driving conditions and if your pride can handle the performance hit of losing the V8 engine then you could be satisfied with the choice. However, in the North American market where we tested this EcoBoost Premium, the price difference between the two models ranges from about $7,000.00 to $9,000.00, which is much less convincing especially given the outstanding financing options available in their market. Either way, if you really want a Ford Mustang, my apologies, then you must get the V8 GT.

Specifications

Engine

EngineInline-4
Displacement2261 cc
Cylinder Headdohc 16V
Fuel InjectorDirect Injection Intercooled Turbo, VVT
Max Power (bhp @ rpm)310 bhp @ 5500 rpm
Max Torque (lb/ft @ rpm)350 lb lt @ 3000 rpm
Transmission10-speed AT

Performance

Top Speed240 km/h (150 mph) Governed
0-100 km/h | 0-62 mph5.2 sec

Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions

Fuel Milage (km/l)21 mpg City / 32 mpg Highway

Ratings

Price as Tested (PHP)US$ 42,765.00
What's GreatPlenty quick now, a genuine performer, most of the GT goodness is intact.
What's Not SoNo launch control when paired with the automatic, as capable as it is, I would recommend spending a bit more for the real deal V8 GT.
C! Editors Rating9/10