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SEAT is to make its Digital Cockpit available to buyers of the Arona small SUV and Ibiza supermini.

The technology, first seen on cars from SEAT’s sister brand Audi, consists of a ten-inch digital display ahead of the driver where the speed and rev counter dials are traditionally located.

It allows the driver to scroll through various views using a button mounted on the steering wheels, focusing on three main displays which can also be individually customised.

Classic mode retains the speedometer and tachometer dials in digital form but an analogue layout. Between them extra data can be displayed, including navigation, music, phone, driving data and assistance information (lane assist, blind spot detection and front assist, ACC) and the vehicle’s status.


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Digital mode stretches the central display across the full ten inches, showing the complete navigation map. This can be zoomed in and out while essential information such as phone, driving data, assistance information and vehicle’s status are still accessible.

The Dynamic display highlights important information such as turn-by-turn directions, advanced driver assistance system information from lane assist, blind spot detection and front assist, and the vehicle’s status.

The display also aims to avoid driver distractions. Music can be scrolled through using the steering wheel control with each track appearing on the display while the driver continues to look ahead, and if a phone call is received then caller ID appears on the display.

SEAT already offers the Digital Cockpit as standard on Xcellence Lux and FR Sport versions of its Ateca and Leon models. Now it will be included in the equivalent trims on the Arona and Ibiza. SEAT states that the Arona is the first crossover in its segment to be offered with such a display.

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Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is a road test editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.