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Long term review of the Bolt vs. the Mustang Mach-E

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Finally getting around to my review and comparison with the Mach-E. For background, I had over 100k miles between a 2017 and a 2019 Bolt Premier. Chevy bought back my 2019 earlier this year and I ended up getting a Mach-E Select standard range with the comfort/tech package in July. So as of today, I've had the MME for 4 months and over 11k miles on the exact same commute (130 miles/day - mostly interstate at 75ish mph).

Ultimately, I loved the Bolt. Other than the recall and the fact that I wanted more room for a stroller, I had no problems after 100k miles. I probably would've run it to the ground if the buyback wasn't too good to pass up ($22,500 for a $24,000 car with over 50k miles and needed new tires). I have no regrets with either car and the Bolt was/is the best value EV but the MME is bigger, faster, and can be parked indoors :) . Anyways here's what I loved about the Bolt and what I wish it had compared to the MME.

Where the Bolt is better than the MME:
  • Regen paddle. What I miss the most.
  • Software. Probably the biggest complaint of the MME - it's slow and lags even though it's 4 years newer than the Bolt.
  • Charge settings - priority charging and departure charging. On the MME, there's no option for priority and the car charges fully randomly about an hour before the departure time. If I plug in early, it'll charge to full even when I get home instead of waiting to charge overnight.
  • The Bolt's lock horn is a nice chirp. On the MME it's full blast.
  • HUD has better info: instant energy use, trending energy use.
  • Size. The Bolt is compact and easier to park.
  • Huge windshield.
  • Visors. The MME visors don't fold all the way to the windshield and get blocked by the roof way before it should.
  • Noise isolation. The first thing I noticed in the MME was the huge amount of wind noise compared to the Bolt. People new to the car ask me if the windows are open...
  • Adjusting volume on the steering wheel shows up on the HUD.

Where the MME is better than the Bolt:
  • Brake light stays on at stops with one pedal driving.
  • Cupholders have four tabs that adjust to different sizes.
  • GOM is a lot more accurate and a lot less confusing for people new to EVs (i.e. one number vs. high/low/expected range)
  • 0-100 mph. The Bolt is great 0-60 but the MME feels great 0-100.
  • Sunglass holder.
  • Overall a more premium feel/fit/finish. Except for the turn signal and wiper stalks that feel like they're from the dollar store.
  • Auto sensing wipers.
  • BlueCruise option. Though lane centering alone is already pretty amazing and exponentially better than the Bolt's LKA.
  • Size. Sooo much more cargo space.
  • Aesthetics. I love staring at the hood lines inside and outside of the car. I had an early Bolt and drove it for 3.5 years - nobody looked twice. People stop and comment all the time with the MME.
  • EDIT: drainable frunk and handsfree liftgate.
  • And my favorite: the puddle lamp.

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Now that I don't have the Bolt, I also have a bunch of stuff to get rid of: winter tires/rims, heatshield sunshade, and rubber mats. I'll post it in the classifieds for anyone interested.
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Seems to be a very well sorted EV. Charging speed sounds great.

Any chance Ford is going to release either a sedan version, or one with a proper hatch? The squished SUV thing kills any interest I might have though.
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Ford, like everybody else, is constrained by battery supply. Mach E and Lightning demand will absorb everything they've have for the next few years.
I suppose so.

I really dislike 'coupe' SUVs. All the disadvantages of an SUV but also more limited storage and uglier. Oh well...

As to being battery constrained, it really feels like nobody (Ford, GM, Mercedes, VW etc.) did their homework, or expected to sell more than a small fraction here or there.
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