IN­TE­RIOR

Fast Ford - - Buyer’s Guide Mondeo St220 -

Gen­er­ally a good- qual­ity cabin, the ST220’s age means you’ll be lucky to find a car with­out the odd bit of rat­tly trim or squeaky plas­tic. From new they were also prone to wind noise from the rear win­dow seals, which proved tricky to re­solve.

The stan­dard leather upholstery is durable, and even high-mileage ma­chines show lit­tle wear other than to the driver’s seat bol­ster. The leather can by re­paired very eas­ily, and can even be done as a DIY job.

Talk­ing of which, when choos­ing an ST220 re­mem­ber some cock­pit colours are less de­sir­able than oth­ers. Black leather is gen­er­ally pre­ferred to grey, while Infra Red leather is very much a mat­ter of taste.

Early mod­els had a pi­ano-black fas­cia, which was re­placed in June 2003 by a more mod­ern dash­board and up­dated au­dio equip­ment. Th­ese facelifted cars ( ac­com­pa­nied by a six-speed gear­box) gen­er­ally in­cluded more kit as stan­dard – in­clud­ing cruise con­trol, auto wipers and lights, multi-po­si­tion elec­tric seat ad­just­ment and vari­able-po­si­tion seat heaters – and bet­ter op­tional ex­tras, in­clud­ing sat nav and Blue­tooth. It’s rare to find th­ese fea­tures ( even cruise con­trol) on a 2002 model.

The most de­sir­able in­te­ri­ors were fit­ted from 2005, when the leather trim gained red stitch­ing, and al­can­tara seat in­serts be­came avail­able.

If you see a par­tic­u­larly scuffed cabin, look to see if there’s also an IRS logo on the speedome­ter – a tell­tale sign of the ST220 be­ing an ex- cop car.

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