While the Ford Mustang Mach-E has been on sale in the U.S. for a few years now, the EV crossover is a relatively new entity in Australia, joining The Blue Oval’s lineup there in three trims – Select, Premium, and GT. There, the non-performance-focused version of the Mach-E managed to earn a perfect five-star safety rating in Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) testing back in July. However, that wasn’t the case with the Ford Mustang Mach-E GT, solely because it’s missing one particular feature that’s present in lesser trims, according to Drive.
That one feature is a center airbag located between the front seats, which negates the side impact occupant protection scores assigned to the previously-tested, non-GT model. The reason for this exclusion pertains to the heavily-bolstered front seats present in the Ford Mustang Mach-E GT, which seemingly doesn’t leave enough room for this added safety feature, which is designed to prevent the driver and passenger’s heads from making contact in the event of a side impact crash.
The Mach-E GT isn’t alone in that regard, as the Kia EV6 GT is also missing a center airbag for the same exact reason. According to Drive, neither automaker has plans to add a center airbag to those models at this time, nor to submit either for a new round of crash testing. This is notable because in Australia, vehicles must earn a five-star ANCAP rating to qualify for use in government fleets.
In other parts of the world, the Ford Mustang Mach-E has performed admirably in safety testing, earning a perfect five star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NTHSA), as well as perfect marks in IIHS testing and from the Euro NCAP and Green NCAP.