Product Awards 2013: sat-nav winners

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12 Jun, 2013 11:00am

We run down our top four sat-navs for 2013 to help you decide which is the best

Satellite navigation is one of the most popular options when buying a new car, but for those without it equipped on their cars handheld sat-nav devices are a great solution.

Smartphone navigation apps have become very popular too, with mobile devices capable of much more than they were before. Grabbing a specialised unit means your phone battery doesn't drain, and frees up phone storage too.

We've given our 2013 awards out based on assessing the mounts, screen size, menu simplicity and accuracy while looking for postcodes, addresses and points of interest.

Price, live traffic information and speed were big factors as well.

Garmin nuvi 3598LMT-D

1st Garmin nuvi 3598LMT-D
Price: £299.99 

It's expensive, but the great-looking Garmin nuvi 3598LMT-D is the easiest sat-nav to use. The keyword search helps you get directions to your destination quickly, and the database is accurate.

The large, feature-packed device has bright colours, the vocal instructions are clear and it’s super-quick to reroute if you make a wrong turn.

You don’t even have to pay for the live traffic alerts, which appear alongside your map every 30 seconds.

Garmin nuvi 50

2nd Garmin nuvi 50 Price: £99.99 

This is our pick of the no-frills A-to-B routers, as it does without its bigger brother’s live traffic data, Bluetooth connection and European maps.

At just £100, it’s excellent value for money, including features like a lane assistant and junction view. The screen is large and clear, it took seven seconds to reroute us and it’s just as accurate as the 3598.

TomTom Go LIVE 1005 Europe

3rd TomTom Go LIVE 1005 Europe
Price: £269.99

While the once-dominant TomTom couldn’t find its way past the Garmin devices, the maker’s range-topping Go LIVE 1005 Europe is still a great choice.

As the name suggests, it offers European maps, and we love the five-inch screen, which is both colourful and clear. The live traffic updates are great and we have no issues with its accuracy.

TomTom Via 130 UK

4th TomTom Via 130 UK
Price: £129.99 

With an integrated mount that folds flat into the back of the device, the Via Live 130 is a neat little product.

It has a 4.3-inch touchscreen, which is equally as colourful as the more expensive TomTom’s. It’s also quick to plot a new route when you go off course.

Entering locations was trickier than with rivals, however, and the Garmin 50 is cheaper.