18 October, 2018
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Virtual cockpit launched as a Škoda option

Customers now have the option to replace traditional analogue dials and gauges with a high-definition electronic display. The brand is introducing new, fully programmable digital instrument panels as an option to its range of large cars and SUVs.

Cost and availability

You can order the virtual cockpit as an option on OCTAVIA and SUPERB SE variants upwards for £450 (including VAT).

Virtual cockpit is also offered as an option on our SUV range — you can order it on KAROQ SE L and above for £450 (inc VAT).

Later this year it will be introduced for the KODIAQ  (SE L upwards), for £450 (inc VAT) for SportLine, Edition and L&K variants, and for £550 (inc VAT) for SE L and Scout.

How it works

At the heart of the virtual cockpit system is a super sharp thin-film transistor (TFT) display that has been specifically designed for 3D impression graphics and exceptional clarity. The graphics processor — a quadcore Nvidia Tegra 30 chip — displays content quickly and vibrantly, improving the way drivers interact with their car and the road.

Drivers get a choice of five basic layouts, all of which can be individually programmed to fine-tune their appearance.


The classic layout presents both the tachometer and the speedometer as round instruments to the right and left of the display. The area between can be configured – for example with a display of the current entertainment programme or navigation map, which also has a zoom function.


The extended layout has a main display covering the entire width of the panel – for example with the current entertainment programme or navigation map. Above and below, there is still space for small digital displays, including the current speed, gear recommendation, traffic sign recognition, distance remaining, distance to the next turn on the programmed route or the distance remaining to the destination.


The modern layout has a large display in the centre, which can display the navigation map, among other things. Additional information can be placed to the left, right, and above the map. The driver may choose to display the current speed, a navigation display with pictograms, gear selection, traffic sign detection (eg speed limits, driving times).


The basic layout shows two large displays – such as the current speed and the distance remaining. Additional basic information can be displayed at the top and bottom of the display. If the route guidance is activated, the navigation arrow will be displayed in the centre.


The sports layout shows a single, centralised, large dial containing the speedometer and rev counter, with space for additional customisable information to be placed at either side of the dial.