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Hitherto available exclusively in three-door hatch form, the Ford Fiesta ST is now being offered as a five-door in Europe. We love the pert Blue Oval hot hatch here – even though it narrowly lost out in our three-way comparison test in 2014 – and this new variant puts all the juicy bits in a more practical, family-friendly bodystyle.

The key differentiators of the ST from the standard Fiesta are all here – a trapezoidal honeycomb grille, more aggressive triple air intakes low down, deeper side skirts, a body-coloured rear diffuser and 17-inch alloy wheels. Inside, there are Recaro front seats and a smattering of ST-specific trim.

Under the bonnet sits the same 1.6 litre EcoBoost turbocharged four-pot as the three-door, developing 182 PS and 240 Nm of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is the only transmission choice, sending all that power to the front wheels. Zero to 100 km/h takes 6.9 seconds, the same as the three-door – yet the car is also capable of a fuel consumption figure of 6.1 litres per 100 km.

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The chassis is tuned by Ford Performance and gets retuned suspension and steering and bigger brakes, while Torque Vectoring Control system reduces understeer and improves road holding by braking the inside wheel. There’s also a three-mode stability control system on offer.

Those with a keen eye will remember that this isn’t the first time we’ve seen a more-door Fiesta ST – the car is only available in a five-door bodystyle in the United States.

GALLERY: Ford Fiesta ST in Malaysia