Skoda has introduced its new Virtual Cockpit digital instrument panel technology to its range; the tech, which already sees use with sister firm Audi, gives drivers the option to do away with traditional analogue dials entirely in favour of a digital output.

The technology, available on the Karoq, Octavia, Superb and Kodiaq, is fully customisable. Drivers can customise the layout of the screen to suit their preferences and journey requirements.

There are five basic Virtual Cockpit layouts to choose from, which are all fully adjustable. Layouts include ‘classic’, with a tachometer and speedometer in the accepted positions, alongside the capacity to display infotainment or navigation in the centre of the screen.

In addition, there are layouts geared towards focused drivers (sport layout), those who like a simple output (basic layout), and a tech-centred ‘modern layout’.

Traffic sign detection, gear recommendation and additional traffic information are among the options available to drivers.

Virtual Cockpit is available to order as an option now on most models, and can be specified on Octavia and Superb models from SE variants upwards. The technology is available on Karoq from SE L spec upwards, and Kodiaq on SE L and above. The system is priced at £450 across the board, barring SE L and Scout versions of the Kodiaq, where it increases to £550.

The Kodiaq will receive the option of Virtual Cockpit later this year.

Story by Adam Weller