With most cars still not carrying built-in sat-nav as standard, and handy sat nav apps draining your smartphone’s battery, a portable system can be an extremely useful device to have in your car. Whether it’s on an unfamiliar UK route, on a European holiday or just as back-up in case traffic problems force you off your usual route, a good sat-nav really can be worth investing in.
Of course it’s not just turn-by-turn guidance that these systems offer; they can also be helpful in making sure your journey isn’t blighted by traffic jams. Newer systems will even take you to the nearest petrol station or point of interest on your journey.
Included in our test were the TomTom GO 6000, the Garmin nuvi 2599LMT-D, the TomTom Start 50, Snooper's Pro SC5700 DVR, the Garmin nuvi 55LM and the Binatone U605. But which came out on top?
You can have a look through our reviews of each device using the links to the left or below. Read on to see how we tested each sat-nav and our final verdict on the best sat-nav deals available in 2016.
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.
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