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Fleets of Fancy: Ford Mustang Fastback

Why should I want it?

The iconic American muscle car is something of a bargain, costing around the same as a decent-spec BMW 320d. However, that’s for the 2.3-litre Ecoboost petrol Fastback version driven here, rather than the V8-engined range-topper. But it still has a really rather juicy exhaust note, the traditional ’Stang styling and a great view down that long bonnet, as well as slightly lively rear-wheel-drive handling in the wet.

Why can’t I have it?

Even the 2.3 petrol is at 179gkm, and a mid-life revision coming this summer puts that up to 199g/km thanks to the WLTP emissions changes, while the V8 version is up at 270g/km. Practicality isn’t great, with small rear seats and a 408-litre boot that’s reasonable in size but has a narrow opening.

Arguments to use on the fleet manager

Residual values are up over 50% thanks to the car’s desirability, which is huge for a Ford. And it’s a tempting alternative to the regular compact exec saloons for senior low-mileage users that can foot the fuel bills.

A More sensible alternative

It’s a little more expensive than the Mustang, and a little more mainstream, but a BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe offers four-door practicality and coupe styling, plus a great driving experience. If you go for the 420d, it’s down at a very manageable 125g/km.2018 Fleet of Fancy - Ford Mustang Fastback - More Sensible Alternative - the BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe

Factfile

Ford Mustang Fastback
Economy:35.3mpg
Emissions:179g/km
Performance:5.8 seconds/145mph
Power:317hp
Price:£32,790
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