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View Poll Results: Digital Instrument Cluster: Yay or Nay?
Yes please! 166 29.75%
No thanks, prefer old school dials. 295 52.87%
Not really particular about digital/analog instrument cluster 97 17.38%
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Old 7th September 2020, 12:54   #31
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For some reason I am unable to vote in surveys & I get this error :
Voters: 216. You may not vote on this poll. That aside, I would (if I could) vote for the real dials, like GTO am a big fan of mechanical watches and prefer the analog indicators.
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Voted for NO!

I prefer the old school. It gives me CAR feeling which I don't get it with a digital unit. I prefer digital Odometer over analog though.
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Most certainly not a fan of the new age digital clusters. I have always been an advocate of the old school analogue dials and they really give me a sense of satisfaction when I see the RPM needle climbing through the scale. Whats more, I always loved small fuel and temperature meters flanking the speedometer and tachometer on my previous car, the Swift.

My current City does sacrifice the temperature gauge, but thankfully keeps a sporty three dial layout which looks really good to me. Digital dials just do not give that evocative sense which analogue instrument clusters do.
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We are all fighting against the grain. In the long run auto makers will do what is cheaper to manufacture and looks modern and flashy. In any case in EVs all displays will be digital. We will get used to them as we did to all the other changes in most things that we use today.
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Old 7th September 2020, 13:58   #35
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I prefer analog dials with a visible 3D surface.

But digital is coming. And fine, i'll try to make peace with it.

What truly gets on my nerves is the fake look. Digital dials should look digital. I hate it when manufacturers use digital screens but show dials with a metallic ring around and fake metallic lustre. Hate it.

It reminds me of earlier smartphone days. When smartphones were new, there was a trend of making every icon look as though it was a 3D laminated button. Now they look flat and uniform in colour which is how I believe digital buttons and icons should look like.
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Old 7th September 2020, 14:00   #36
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I personally still prefer the old-school analog unit for atleast the speedo & tacho. The MID nowadays itself offers a lot more information than what is actually needed while driving, but that's still manageable. But the digital dials do not offer the pleasure while glancing on it once a while, it's just an eyecandy feature as per me. Also I completely agree with OP that replacing it would cost a bomb if something goes wrong with it. Another way to squeeze out money by the companies maybe.
Companies should seriously stop putting in the toy-ish looking numeric speedometer in cars, they looks more like a Reliance Fuel Pump's display instead of being sporty.

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Old 7th September 2020, 14:10   #37
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Voted Yes, although I have never driven a car with fully digital dials. So, at this time I think I will prefer my next car to have digital dials.
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IMHO, Digital Dials are an overkill, a feature nobody asked for. All we wanted was a relatively big digital MID well placed between the analog speedometer and tachometer.

I might sound overly concerned but these digital dials emit a lot of blue light, have a flickering effect, definitely not good for our eyes especially at night.

At least our mobile screens have an option to enable blue light*filter, and we look at it only when we want to. But we are fed with the flickering blue light all the time we are behind the wheel.
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Old 7th September 2020, 14:43   #39
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NO means No.

I prefer the old school style analog dials for speedo,tacho,fuel and temperature. If they need to be digital, fuel and temperature can be but not the other 2.

As someone has already mentioned either give very high quality digital ones or provide analogs. Cheap digital dials are a big NO.
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I relate Digital dials to smart watches - where the user gets to pick what needs stay on focus as watch face based on the activity the user is performing. The customization option is limitless.

I voted Yes.
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For me, Not a full Digital Dials, Only few things as mentioned in earleir posts, DTE, AVG FE, ODO, Gear Indicators etc should be fine in Digital form of display but rest all should be in form of Analouge only.

Currently We have Swift 2013 VDi, Odo ! 1.29k kms and Swift VXi 2017 which has cloked around 41k odo, another we have is Scorpio 4x4 2016 model which has odo reading of 57k kms and recently aquire Mahindra Major SWB 4x4 Di Turbo Engine and soon will go for off road built which has been already plan.

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Here's a great implementation of the Digi-Analogue mixed setup.
This one aged surprisingly well.
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Can another option be added after the poll has gone live?

I prefer a hybrid model with the speedo & tacho in old fashioned analog style, but with a lot of customisable electronic data on the infotainment screen which I can then choose to observe or not.

I like my 330i dials:
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Old 7th September 2020, 15:50   #44
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This is a very valid point.

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I feel the basics should still be analogue i.e speedometer, tachometer, fuel gauge and coolant/oil temperature gauge.

I don't mind the rest being digital. The rest are optional stuff. You are expected to look ahead and drive

Why analogue dials?
1) You can see where the needle is pointing with your peripheral vision. Helps in deciphering approximate speed, RPM etc.
2) Yes, you can get dials in digital too but it doesn't feel real or premium. A real dial with good quality materials and lighting is truly a treat to the eyes!
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Definitely yes!

If it's digital, it should be like the Virtual cockpit on Audi / Skoda period.

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