Best sat-navs: our top picks for 2015

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10 Feb, 2015 11:00am Henry Willis

Read our full product test to see the best sat-navs available in the UK

Many cars now have sat-nav as standard, but for those that don’t, a portable sat-nav is a popular way of getting drivers from A to B. There are smartphone apps available that can do a similar job, too.

Navs aren’t just good for providing simple turn-by-turn directions; the best are loaded with traffic-busting features that plan intelligent routes to help motorists avoid jams, plus some include other key components to make driving easier.

You can have a look through our reviews of each device using the links to the left or below. Read on below to see how we tested each sat-nav and our final verdict on the best sat-navs in 2015.

How we tested them

Accuracy was key to our test: whether guiding us on intricate urban roads or motorways, a nav had to give clear, concise routing, plus traffic-busting features impressed. Ease of use was a factor, while extras like speed trap warnings scored points. Price was the final consideration, taken from a range of sources.

Our route, which was the same for every device, covered urban and rural roads as well as motorways, to make sure the device takes you straight to the door of your desitnation as fast as possible. The sat-nav's user interface was also tested to see how easy it is to use.

Extras such as full European maps and Bluetooth hands-free also impress, along with a good screen. We rated services included, like map updates and speed cameras, too.

Verdict

It’s a first win in four years for TomTom, as its GO 6000 is our top portable sat-nav, ahead of Garmin’s 2599LMT-D.

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I am astonished by this list which I regard as rubbish. For instance having had numerous satnavs all of which had defects I bought a Garmin Nuvi 50 as an upgrade. I have to say that it is IMHO rubbish. (1) The voices are southern English and mumbled. Clearer voices and dialects are definitely needed, This is very important and at times I revert to my Medion Go-Pal as lazily spoken mumbled southern English is no use whatsoever in a noisy diesel car. (2) Quite frequently the turn is spoken too late and after it has been passed. (3) As always figure of 8 roundabouts defeat it (these seem to defeat them all!)

I would pay good money for an accurate satnav that had clear diction but such things don't seem to exist.

You are not alone JB. This list; actually the whole article is full of bland statements and limited in it's value and accuracy

The Tom Tom app on a Smartphone is as good a solution as any and you can chose your voice and even download them. This is available for Android and iPhone - I don't think Auto Express know what Android is though (:<

(yes I have had both I'm not a fan boy as they call it)

Sat-Nav's are pretty much redundant these days, All half decent smart phones come with google maps and google navigation as standard ( apart from Iphone's and Blackberrys ) This includes live traffic updates inc Crash reports / estimated time of arrival in the current traffic conditions and multiple routes and you can SYNC it to your computer for custom route planning at home if that's your cup of tea.

I got my Nexus 4 for £135 unlocked brand new and with its 4.8" screen its the perfect phone/ sat-nav.

My TomTom is now a brick—good for nothing but the garbage. And thanks to terrible customer service, they won't even replace my $350 device! Crooks

It's never worked on my Mac to connect and update. And now it doesn't work on a PC. TomTom support department want's to use the excuse on PC firewall and security systems but, when we took the one firewall setting off—it still called an ERROR and crashed the internet.

Not only that but, the PC & TomTom combo deleted the entire application from the device!!! It can turn On > says THERE"S NO MAPS > and then I can turn it Off. Hence a useless piece of plastic. Crooks I tell you—crooks.

Thanks TomTom for taking my money, for a poorly developed and tested product and useless support and customer service!

I hope Garmin is actually compatible with Mac's and offer better service.

I bought copilot on the recommendation from autoexpress and the fact that live traffic is free. When I now click on livetraffic, it says it is an upgrade for " " (it is blank!). When I press buy, it does nothing.
Has autoexpress realy try to enable live traffic or just took copilot word for it?