Ford courts purist fury by adding more doors and more choice to the hot Fiesta range
It was only the other week we were asking if the three-door hot hatch was effectively dead, picking out the Fiesta ST as one of the few die-hards in the market to stick with the traditional format. But guess what - Ford's just announced a new five-door version! Depending on your viewpoint this is either a dilution of the Fiesta's hardcore appeal or a sensible expansion of a successful product that's already found 38,000 customers in Europe alone. And could well find a good few more previously put off by the three-door only format.
Now the children can love it too!
We're pretty familiar with the ST of course, the five-door version carrying over the official 182hp and 177lb ft output of the 1.6-litre turbocharged Ecoboost engine. Out of the box that's good for 0-62 in 6.9 seconds and official figures of 46.3mpg and 141g/km - all convincing on-paper arguments given further credibility by the ST's engagingly feisty character at the wheel. To that there is, of course, the added appeal (some might say no-brainer option) of 'going Mountune' and getting a base 200hp as stock with 215hp on overboost - a bargain at just £799 and fully warranty compatible.
Out-driving the competition on the road while undercutting them on price has, no doubt, helped the Fiesta's case since it went on sale in 2013, the five-door kicking off at £19,495 for the ST-2. That £600 premium - pretty much a Mountune kit as it goes - will no doubt calm the hardcore fans who believe a hot hatch with more than three doors isn't worthy of the description. And if you're really dedicated and want to prove it the limited run ST200 remains three-door only.
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Moaning purist still has the choice of 3dr if they want it.
Tom_The_Light_House26 Sep 2016
I was wondering if and when they would produce this. Makes sense in my mind. The focus come in ST format also a diesel. So why not the fiesta. I for one would be very happy to have a 5dr 1.6 TDCI Fiesta ST.
Tom131226 Sep 2016
Isn't the US model 5 door only anyway?
Good move, I know lots of people who wanted a 5 door ST.
DelicaL40026 Sep 2016
There has been a 5 door ST since the ST was launched, it's just not been on sale in the UK.
generationx26 Sep 2016
To quote another, possibly traffic-island-related thread; Shaking with rage.