Fiesta ST – now with more doors

The brilliant Ford Fiesta ST is now available with five doors, and we’re not sure how we feel about it. Yes, it will be good for Ford – they’re sure this will account for 25% of Fiesta ST sales overall – but we can’t help but think it’s diluting the model a little bit. Though we’re not business people, we just like cars. We like the fact the Fiesta stuck to its hot hatch guns and remained in 3-door guise for so long.

Surely there should always be a little bit of compromise with a hot hatch? Something to remind you that it’s a break from the norm. It’s meant to be bought as function over form, right? At least that’s how it always used to be. You didn’t buy an XR2 because it was good for the family. You bought it because it was an XR2. Simple as that.

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More doors. Less fun?

Fiesta ST  – fun divisible by five?

Maybe we’re just being ridiculously old school about this? There are other five-door hot hatches after all. But still, this seems wrong. Back in the day this would be cause for the pub argument of ‘three door cars are stiffer so handle better’ but that’s not really the case any more.

As such, the more-door Fiesta ST should still be just as fun to drive. And we sincerely hope that’s the case. The 1.6 turbocharged EcoBoost petrol engine remains. As does the 183PS and the 240Nm of tortque. That’s good news. We’d be downright livid if that changed.

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It should still be as much fun, hopefully

“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.”

Hmm. That word, “affordable”. It’s not good. But as we mentioned before, it’s business. And forgive us for being harsh, but just because someone asks for it, it doesn’t mean you have to do it. Though with a completely new Fiesta on the horizon, the cynic in us can’t help but wonder… is this just a way to get shot of a lot of five-door panel-work for a premium?

The Fiesta ST five door will be available from October in ST3 guise, priced from £19,495. 

 

What do you think?

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