Ford introduces the European Fiesta ST with five doors image

The European division of the North American giant has decided – a bit late in the game – that its Fiesta ST mini hot hatch needs a boost in practicality, presenting the five-door version.

The current generation Fiesta ST has been out and about since early 2013 both in America and in Europe – the only difference was the US had dibs on the five-door and the Europeans on the three door. Now the European division is bringing the highly practical five-door ahead of the current generation’s generational changeover that should take place in 2017 – though the hotter ST version would live on through 2018. Just like the regular European three door, the practical five-door Fiesta ST has the turbocharged 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine under the hood, capable of 182 horsepower (134 kilowatts) and 177 pound-feet (240 Newton-meters) of torque.

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Not that heavier than the three door, the family-friendly hot hatch version will reach 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 6.9 seconds. Ford has remained mum on the maximum speed, but it should come unchanged from the three-door’s 139 mph (223 km/h). That added heft will hit the fuel economy – it can do 46.3 mpg UK in the combined cycle and 141 g/km of CO2, instead of the three door’s 47.8 mpg UK and emissions of 138 g/km. Ford will start selling the new Fiesta ST version in the United Kingdom starting October for £19,495 if you go for the ST-2 trim, £600 costlier than the equivalent three door.