Best satnavs

Looking for the perfect satnav to get around the UK and Europe? Step this way...

1. TomTom Go Live 1005 Europe
£300 + £42.50 per year after first year. No UK-only option, , uk.tomtom.com

Performance: The "5" in 1005 stands for a five-inch screen., which is the main upgrade over the 1000. Mapping is up to TomTom's usual standards and IQ Routes have been made more accurate.
Love: Larger screen. Crisp menus
Hate: POIs can be awkward to locate

2. TomTom Go Live 1000

UK and Ireland ££250; Europe £280 + £47.50 per year after first year, uk.tomtom.com

Performance: A responsive 480x372-pixel touchscreen and fluid mapping including LIVE services and IQ Routes. For European maps add an extra £30.

Love: The HD Traffic feature gives real-time traffic updates and altered routes

Hate: Expensive. Wayward IQ Routes

3. Garmin Nuvi 3790T

Europe £250, www.garmin.co.uk

Performance: The Nuvi 3790T is slimmer than the iPhone 4 and the 800x400-pixel touchscreen is fast to respond. You get a lifetime's free TMC Traffic for traffic jam and speed cam alerts, but no live services.

Love: Extremely slim design. Responsive touchscreen. Simple interface.

Hate: GPS can be slow to lock on. Feels a touch overpriced without live services

  

4. TomTom GO 950 LIVE
UK, ROI Aand West Europe £260 + £8 per month, uk.tomtom.com

Performance: The most user-friendly satnav you can buy, with real-time traffic
updates, safety cam alerts, fuel prices and IQ Routes guiding you to the most effi cient route for the time of day. Your fi rst month’s LIVE subscription is free
Love: User-friendly interface and top HD traffic updates with LIVE sub
Hate: LIVE sub adds to the cost

5. Garmin Nuvi 1690
Europe £176 + £70 per year, www.garmin.co.uk

Performance: Garmin’s nüLink services are 3G-based, so you can receive traffic
updates in 17 EU countries. Its speedy mapping makes it a wise investment
Love: Plenty of features including one year’s free nüLink location-based info
Hate: Complex interface

MOREGarmin Nuvi 1690 review

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