Could not agree with you more.Reading the analogue speed-o-meter ? It's been a while for me ...
Perhaps it should just be made another multi function screen with a virtual analogue speed-o-meter as one of the options ?
I like to drive with the steering wheel fully lowered in my lap and not telescoped at all (as far away from me as possible), and I can't see the analog speedometer needle.
So yes at least in my case they could do something better with that piece of real estate on the instrument panel.
Now what I would REALLY like is to have the instrument panel move up and down with the steering wheel, a la 928! Of course the chances of that are less than getting an HUD. And I would not complain if they gave us the Porsche version of the Audi virtual cockpit.