2019 Ford Mustang Convertible Road Test Review

As buyers continue to desert passenger cars in ever increasing numbers, there are still those whose tastes eschew the massive SUV pick-up truck fetishists. Instead, they prefer something subtle, quiet, and refined. What could be quieter, less subtle, or more refined than Mustang?

Yes, I’m kidding. The Pony is fabulously out, loud, and proud.

Mustang’s story begins in 1966 with varying levels of success. Ever since, Mustang has been an icon.

The latest 2019 Mustang bristles with technology to in an attempt to better the original 2 star ANCAP safety rating. How did it go?

Read on.

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Exterior

The only word to describe the look, is utterly delicious.

Unlike other Fords that need to be utilitarian, or practical but fast, Mustang is totally dedicated to pleasure.

It is deeply sexy in every way. The front end with its LED headlights and galloping pony grille, and the pert rump with 6 vertical lights. It screams “look at me.” Subtle curves are carved into the bonnet.

The (optional) 19” retro wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport tyres look mean while giving an acknowledging nod to its heritage.

To save weight, the shapely bonnet and front guards have been crafted in aluminium. She is still a fairly hefty lassie tipping 1818. Much of that is extra strengthening needed to stop cars with roofs chopped off from collapsing.

All Mustang convertibles have a fabric roof. It folds back gracefully once the car is stopped. Other brands manage to operate the roof while on the move.

There is no cover for the roof once it is open. There are no fancy folding flaps to cover the gubbins which remain exposed inside the body. There are, however, tacky plakky dust covers that can be inserted manually, but these have to be removed manually and stowed back in the boot. They will then fly about at the very first corner, flinging themselves from one side of the boot to the other. They make quite the racket.

The body gets wider towards the rear, with the haunches crouching muscularly over the rear wheels. When viewed in the ¾ front on, the convertible reeks of the early days in a way that won’t frighten those of a more delicate constitution.

The retro body uses every trick in the book to disguise the modern needs behind a handsome retro façade. The proportions are perfect and Mustang looks good with or without the roof up.

 

Interior

American interiors leave much to be desired. You have to keep in mind Mustang is considerably cheaper in the good ol’ U S of A.

Most of the surfaces feel reasonably soft, but the hard bits feel cheap. The steering wheel boss has a Mustang emblem. Unlike the one on the grille, this one is flat and lifeless. Had it been slightly faceted it would have look fabulous

The chunky dash is topped by two padded binnacles set either side of face level vents. Leather seating is heated and cooled which is just as well. Black leather left in the sun could leave 3rd degree burns on your bums after an hour in an Aussie summer sun.

There is just a hint of 60’s metal finishes but mu