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.