Digital display is already offered on Octavia, Superb and Karoq models, with Kodiaq following later this year.

Skoda is introducing a new high-tech digital instrument panel to its Karoq, Octavia, Superb and Kodiaq ranges for the first time.

The high-definition electronic display, which is dubbed Virtual Cockpit, will be offered as an optional extra that replaces the traditional dials and gauges usually placed in front of the driver.

The technology has been available on Audi’s premium models for several years, and has recently been distributed around the Volkswagen Group’s more mainstream brands. Volkswagen and Seat have already debuted the displays in their vehicles, and now Skoda will get its own version of the system.

According to the Czech brand, its TFT screen provides “exceptional clarity” and will be fully programmable, allowing the driver to “customise the layout of the screen to suit their tastes and journey requirements”.

In total, five different basic layouts are offered, but each can be individually programmed to personalise their appearance.

Skoda Virtual Cockpit

The “classic” layout will show the tachometer and speedometer as large round dials, while the area between the two will be configurable, allowing the driver to see displays including a navigation map or multimedia information.

The “extended” display, meanwhile, gives speed and engine revolutions less prominence, while increasing the size of the central display.

There will also be a “modern” layout, which has a large central display for navigation or multimedia displays, while data such as speed, gear selection and speed limits can be displayed around that focal point.

Skoda Virtual Cockpit

For more spirited driving, a “sports” layout will be offered, with a single large dial displaying the speedometer and rev counter, with space for other data around the sides of the central display.

Finally, the “basic” display will simply show two large displays, such as speed or distance to destination, while additional basic data can be shown at the top or bottom of the display.

The Virtual Cockpit is available on Octavia and Superb models in SE trim or above, with an asking price of £450. In the Karoq SUV, though, the system is only offered on the more generously equipped SE L model or above, but it still costs £450.

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For the larger Kodiaq SUV, however, the pricing is even more complicated. When the Virtual Cockpit becomes available later in the year, customers choosing SportLine, Edition or L&K variants will be charged £450 for the system, but those choosing SE L or Scout models will have to pay £550 to get the technology on board.

Gallery: Skoda Virtual Cockpit