• TomTom 6000

1. TomTom 6000

Possibly the current king sat-navs, the flagship 6000 benefits from exceptional routing thanks to the Live data from TomTom and includes lifetime updates from 45 European countries. The large, bright touch screen is perfectly readable under plenty of lighting conditions and the voice guidance is loud and clear.

£249.95 | TomTom

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Get the low down on the best UK sat navs to buy in 2014 with our bite-sized reviews for the essential in-car navigation set-ups. From Garmin to TomTom, these are the best ways to ensure you find your way home this Christmas.

Buying a sat-nav today is a lot different to buying one a few years ago. These days most of us have basic navigation covered by Google Maps, Apple Maps or even Bing Maps on our smartphone, so splashing out for an extra unit is often only done for specific features. Maybe you're looking for more detailed maps, traffic tracking or speed camera identification, if so, your best bet is still a dedicated sat-nav unit.

Another thing to look out for when buying a sat-nav system is how it loads and updates its database of maps. You really don't want to be stuck with an out of date map set just a year or so after your purchase, do you? For instance, the TomTom 6000 featured in this list will recieve free map updates for the entire time you own the unit, along with free traffic updates. Some of them though get all of the maps through an SD card, this means to get an update you have to buy a completely new SD card, which likely won't be free or included in your original. Many cars that boast built-in navigation systems also suffer from this, as they often get maps from a disc, which can't be updated without picking up a new version.

Are you lost? If so, you've found your way to the right place. Ironic, we know. Whether you need some GPS guidance to get around, or you're looking for a reason to chuck that map book out to the back seat, we've pulled together a collection of the best sat navs around to guide you into modernity.

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