Ford of Europe has finally decided to introduce a more practical five-door version of the Fiesta ST supermini.

The latest Fiesta ST went on sale back in early 2013 exclusively as a five-door hatch in North America and as a three-door model in Europe. Better late than never, Ford’s Euro division is now introducing the hot supermini in the more practical five-door guise as a way to boost sales before the current generation’s demise scheduled for 2017 when an all-new Fiesta will be launched, with the spicy ST version set to arrive early 2018.

Just like its three-door European counterpart, the Fiesta ST with rear doors is powered by a turbocharged 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine pushing out 182 horsepower (134 kilowatts) and 177 pound-feet (240 Newton-meters) of torque. Even though it’s a tad heavier than the three-door model, the family-friendly hot hatch will hit 62 mph (100 kph) from a standstill in the same 6.9 seconds. Ford isn’t saying anything about the top speed, but it should be virtually the same as the three-door’s 139 mph (223 kph).

The weight penalty is going to have an impact on fuel economy since the five-door Fiesta ST will return 46.3 mpg UK in the combined cycle and emit 141 g/km of CO2, whereas the three-door model does 47.8 mpg UK with equivalent emissions of 138 g/km.

Ford U.K. will have the new addition to the Fiesta range on sale next month from £19,495 for the ST-2 trim, which in three-door flavor is £600 cheaper. Interestingly, the Blue Oval company estimates a quarter of all future Fiesta ST sales in Europe will be represented by the five-door model. This begs the question: If it will account for 25% of the sales, what took them so long?

If you’re after performance, the recently introduced Fiesta ST200 is the one to have as it packs 200 hp (147 kW) and completes the sprint in only 6.7 seconds before maxing out at 143 mph (230 kph). However, the bad news is Ford is selling the range-topping Fiesta model only in three-door guise and is asking more money for it, £22,745 to be exact. That being said, we would just wait for the next generation.

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FORD FIESTA ST AVAILABLE WITH FIVE DOORS FOR GREATER PRACTICALITY WITH SAME CLASS-LEADING PERFORMANCE

  • New Fiesta ST five door to be available for the first time
  • Fiesta ST five door enhances practicality of class-leading hot hatchback while retaining award-winning performance and driving dynamics

The Ford Fiesta ST compact performance hatchback is for the first time available to order in Europe in five-door bodystyle alongside the three-door model.

The Fiesta ST five door offers additional practicality with easier access to the rear seats for passengers and for parents with small children, while retaining the performance and class-leading driving dynamics that earned the Fiesta ST more than 20 awards from around the globe during its first year on sale.

The model’s 1.6-litre EcoBoost petrol engine delivers 182PS and 240Nm of torque, enabling 0-62mph acceleration in 6.9 seconds alongside 46.3mpg fuel efficiency and 141g/km CO2 emissions.* A Ford Performance-tuned chassis features optimised suspension, steering and brakes, supported by enhanced Torque Vectoring Control – which applies brake force to the inside front wheel when cornering to improve road holding and reduce understeer without affecting speed – and three-mode Electronic Stability Control.

“Ford has now sold more than 38,000 Fiesta STs in Europe since we introduced the acclaimed hot hatchback in 2013, and growing numbers of customers have been asking us for a five-door version,” said Roelant de Waard, vice president, Marketing, Sales & Service, Ford of Europe. “The Fiesta ST with five doors makes an affordable Ford Performance driving experience accessible to an even greater number of customers.”

Priced from £19,495 in the UK on ST-2 and ST-3 series from October, Ford predicts the Fiesta ST five door will account for 25 per cent of Fiesta ST sales in Europe. Exclusive Fiesta ST styling includes 17-inch alloy wheels, unique grille, dynamic headlight design, and dramatic rear diffuser element for the exterior. Five available colour options include Race Red and Spirit Blue. Recaro seats and unique ST detailing feature for the interior.

Ford earlier this year also revealed the new 200 PS Fiesta ST200 – available in three-door bodystyle only – with 6.7 second 100 km/h (0-62 mph) acceleration.