And they described the Golf as not much better too. Personally I like the MK4 interior, smart stylish, good quality squeak and rattle free and very functional. I also think it is easily the 2nd best looking ST up to now, maybe the best now that Im used to it. Always thought the mk3 looked better but not any more, the mk3 is now looking a bit dated. Only other I would change to is the new 128ti 1 series. But couldnt hack an auto so rules itself out.i think it was the autocar review that described the interior as grim. i think the seats are an big improvement over the mk3.5 full leather recaro's, but the dash is very bland a bit like bm's. ford's obsession with cheap hard plastics below dash line could be improved imo.