Sat-navs have become must-haves for many drivers, but with such a range of features, it can be hard to pick the best sat-nav for you. We test seven to see which is the most capable overall.
Yet it’s not all about being packed with the latest features, as some cheaper, basic models impressed, too. While some drivers prefer smartphone apps, and lots of cars now have built-in sat-navs, portable navs are still popular.
There are plenty of apps available on modern smartphones, and some of them are free - which makes these devices look a bit expensive by comparison. If you go for a branded device like TomTom or Garmin, you need to make sure you're getting good value for money - so we've put together our top seven sat-navs, accessible via the links to the left.
Even if you don’t rack up high mileage, live traffic information is a must in a sat-nav – so the devices with traffic updates scored the most points in our test.
Ease of use was crucial, as was their ability to take you to the door of your destination, via a direct route, so we tried each on the same route, mixing urban and rural roads and motorways
All but one of our devices had five-inch screens, but extras such as full European maps and Bluetooth hands-free also impress. We rated services included, like map updates and speed cameras, and quote the best prices from a range of retail and online suppliers at the time of writing.
Garmin has two sat-navs on the podium, with the 3598LMT-D taking overall victory on account of its raft of features. The 2568LMT-D is great value for money and sits in third place, with the capable TomTom GO 6000 splitting the two.