According to a recent survey, five-door vehicles are becoming increasingly more popular


Is it then end of the road for the three-door hatchback, as new figures reveal more and more motorists in the UK are choosing to purchase a 5-door vehicle.

JATO Dynamics have released new figures which showed only 961,000 three-door city cars, hatchbacks and superminis were registered in 2016 – back in 2007 this figure stood at a much healthier 2.4 million.

According to figures released each year, the market for two-door and three-door hatchback’s has been declining each year since 2009.

According to a recent survey, five-door vehicles are becoming increasingly more popular

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So, this could mean the end of the line for three-door models as five-door vehicle, classed as more practical for today’s living, seem to be racing ahead in popularity, especially with the growth in sales of crossovers.

Volkswagen revealed their new sportier and more ‘grown-up’ Polo to the motoring world a few weeks ago – one of the latest cars to dump the three-door as an option – the first ever VW Polo was launched back in 1975 as a three-door only model.

Other new models announced to the world who’ve also said goodbye to a three-door option are the hyundai i30, Kia Picanto and the Suzuki Swift.

Renault launched a five-door only Clio back in 2012, however they did address the appeal of the three-door by saying the design “apes the coupe-like form of a three-door vehicle”. The Renault Twizy is their only model left flying the flag for fewer doors.

It’s a much different and more positive story at Ford, as their new Fiesta will continue to offer customers a three-door variant, despite it looking more grown-up and taking on a mini-MPV look.

Only 20 years ago, customers could purchase a three-door version of a Ford Escort/Focus, Fiesta, Ka, Puma or Probe/Cougar.

Go back only 10 years and some of the UK’s favourite hot hatches were three-door variants such as the Swift Sport, Civic Type R and the RenaultSport Clio. Now, the Civic Type R is only available as a five-door model and the Swift Sport has been given a couple of extra doors too.


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