Drivers commented on the X-type's unacceptably high level of cabin noise: "A Hyundai Elantra puts the X-type to shame in this area. We had to totally crank the stereo to hear it, and even then the sound quality wasn't that good." A minor skirmish between past and present online editors erupted in our logbook's pages on the subject of interior finishes. Said current Web guru Matt Phenix, "I emphatically disagree with Greg Anderson's generous assessment of the quality of the X-type's plastics. Lay your hands on that rickety armrest, Mr. Anderson, or open and close that astonishingly flimsy glovebox door, and I suspect you'll reconsider. All the chrome-dipped typography and flashy plasti-wood in the world can't conceal the truth: The X-type is a mass-market Ford."