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.
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.
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.