In modern cars, If there is anything more intuitive than those talking screens taking the centre stage in a car’s cabin, it is the instrument cluster. Instrument clusters play a key role in enhancing the overall experience in the cabin. What started off as tiny dials hosted behind the wheel or on the centre of the dashboard has now evolved into big digital screens which are capable of telling you almost anything about the car.
Modern-day instrument cluster layout majorly consists of five components, the speedometer, tachometer, Fuel indicator, the temperature gauge and a dedicated display for various other crucial information.
The purpose of instrument clusters has also increased from just providing the essential information to the driver to being one of the most attractive elements a car’s cabin could ask for. A nice-looking, well laid-out and feature-loaded instrument cluster adorns the overall appeal of the entire cabin and has been observed as a great selling point for cars these days.
Such significances of these lead us to put together a list of cars in India having the best instrument clusters in their respective segments.
2020 Renault Kwid
The Renault Kwid was the first car in this segment (in India) to have an all-digital instrument cluster. And now with the Kwid facelift, this all-digital treatment has become more sophisticated. The current Renault Kwid’s Instrument cluster gets two semi-circular digital dials on either side for the tachometer and the fuel and temperature gauge. The centre of the cluster hosts a TFT display which has a digital representation for the speedometer, odometer and the trip meter. For the automatic, the TFT also displays the drive mode selected.
The latest offering from Tata, the Altroz is the most phenomenally packaged car in this segment. Coming to its instrumentation, the Altroz is able to cut it as the best instrument cluster because of the features it has on offer. Despite having a speedometer which looks like it has been lifted off a 90’s Mahindra, the Driver Information System (DIS) placed just beside it more than makes up for it and makes it the best amongst everything else which is currently on sale. It’s 17.78 CM TFT display offers ample information and also doubles up as a navigation screen.
Maruti Suzuki DZire
A segment which once saw sales blast through the roof isn’t doing too hot these days. The reason for that is probably the lack of any exciting product in the segment. But one car that has kept the prestige of this segment intact for years is the Maruti Dzire.
Maruti has done a great job in keeping the Dzire aesthetics fresh and this reflects with its instrument cluster. The Dzire gets an instrumentation layout similar to that of the Swift. This three-segment instrument cluster setup is neat, sporty and sufficiently intuitive. The interface of the TFT display between the two dials is well proportionate and is highly intuitive for a car of its segment.
2020 Hyundai Verna
The Hyundai Verna recently got a facelift and along with that facelift it received a major interior revamp. Part of this revamp was an all-new instrument cluster. The new Verna gets an all-digital cluster and its resemblance with the BMW’s instrument cluster is uncanny. The layout of the cluster and the shape of the dials are very similar. However, this setup on the Verna makes for a very premium looking cluster which is better than what is found on the 2020 Honda City.
Some people prefer a subtle layout and an SUV traditionally is known to have a functional design especially for the instrument cluster. Unlike the BS6 updated Tata Nexon’s instrument cluster where it’s just too much going on, the XUV300 provides with a conventional setup for the cluster. This no-nonsense appeal is something which preferred by certain customers. XUV300’s cluster is built-for-purpose while having pleasing aesthetics.
2020 Hyundai Creta
Hyundai seems nailed it with its instrument cluster game and that’s why there is another Hyundai on this list which recently got launched. The new Creta’s instrument cluster is nothing like you have ever seen before. It got the most unconventional layout, comparing to its rivals. The concentric design for the digital speedometer and the multi-information display under it works phenomenally with the rest of the styling cues inside the cabin. Also, the digital cluster has tons of features on offer. A special feature of the 2020 Hyundai Creta’s instrument cluster is changing the theme of the digital cluster when you select the different driving modes, a very thoughtful touch.
Toyota Innova Crysta
The undisputed king of the segment also bags a couple of brownie points for its instrument cluster. The dial and Muti-info TFT combo on the Toyota Innova Crysta works so well with the overall ambience of the interiors. The blue ring highlights on the dials give a very soothing vibe. The Multi-info TFT between the dials is big enough to host almost all the information you would need to know. You probably won’t need to turn your head towards the centre console as the TFT display has got you covered. It gives information ranging from Fuel range to driver’s efficiency score and everything else in between.
2020 Ford Endeavour
The Ford Endeavour’s instrument cluster is unique in its own manner. Ford does not follow the general layout of having two dials on either side and a TFT display at the centre. Endeavour’s cluster consist’s of a huge speedometer in the centre and two digital screens on its either sides. This makes for a very distinctive setup to have in a car of its price range.
2020 Honda Civic
The First Generation of the Honda Civic in India was launched in 2006 and its futuristic instrument cluster which was way ahead of its time is something the car still remembered for. Honda knows that unique instrument cluster is something the Civic is known for and it is crucial to equip the new one with a setup like no other. The cluster on the 2020 Honda Civic seems like an ode to that iconic setup.
Hyundai Kona Electric
An electric vehicle screams futuristic, so conventional instrumentation would never suit its character. Cars like the Nexon EV and the MG ZS EV do have the most advanced clusters but the car which stands out in this particular area for this segment is the Hyundai Kona. it’s centrally aligned, fairly sized, an all-digital cluster is very premium looking and has got all the crucial information you’ll need for your EV right in front of you.
Here’s our list of the cars having the best-looking instrument clusters across all the segments. Use the comments section to tell us if we missed out on any car.