8 recommended sat-navs on the road

Updated: 2011-08-22
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They have moved on - now they can deliver live updates, save you petrol...and screen your favourite TV shows... 
         
 

GARMIN NUVI 1310 (1); TOMTOM URBAN RIDER REGIONAL (2); VEXIA ECONAV 480 (3); MIO SPIRIT V575 TV (4); TOMTOM GO LIVE 820 UK (5); GARMIN NULINK! 2390 (6); NAVIGON 70 EASY (7); SNOOPER S7000 VENTURA (8) 
  
Best for value
1. GARMIN NUVI 1310
£120, garmin.com/uk
  
Features UK/Ireland maps, 4.3in screen, eco route-planning, lane assist, camera updates, pedestrian mode, Bluetooth
  
Verdict It’s just 15mm thick, it tells you road names, the lane assist reduces stress and the Bluetooth works seamlessly. We’d have liked live traffic updates and European maps, but it’s hard to fault for the price.
  
★★★★
  
Best for bikers
2. TOMTOM URBAN RIDER REGIONAL
£250, tomtom.com
  
Features UK/Ireland maps, glove-friendly 3.5in screen, mini-USB charger, free Map Share updates, lane assist, Bluetooth
   
Verdict Pricey compared to car sat-navs, but solidly built and weatherproof with big, glove-friendly icons, a sturdy metal mount and crystal-clear Bluetooth. ★★★★

Best for saving fuel
3. VEXIA ECONAV 480£180, vexia.co.uk

Features UK/Ireland maps, 4.3in screen, microSD, camera alerts, pedestrian mode, lane assist, eco software

Verdict Handsome design, and it’ll advise you on your car’s optimal speed, gear changes, etc, to reduce fuel consumption. Great if you can tolerate the nagging, but expensive for only average GPS navigation. ★★★

Best for entertainment
4. MIO SPIRIT V575 TV
£235, mio.com
   
Features UK/Ireland maps, 4.7in screen, live updates, microSD, digital TV tuner, lane assist, MP3/4 player, realistic junction views
Verdict Large, clear menus and controls – and a lovely display. We’re not convinced the TV will be crystal-clear, but when the signal is strong it’ll keep the kids happy. ★★★
     
Best for all-round performance
5. TOMTOM GO LIVE 820 UK
£180, tomtom.com (£200 for Euro maps)
    
Features UK/Ireland maps, 4.3in screen, camera alerts, Bluetooth, voice control, one year’s live subscription, Google Local Search
    
Verdict Out next month, this is good at everything. The HD Traffi c live updates and route changes are fast and reliable, handsfree calling is impressive, it has the clearest graphics and idiot-proof controls, and it costs less than most mid-priced units. ★★★★★
    
Best for live updates
6. GARMIN NULINK! 2390
£230, garmin.com/uk
  
Features UK/Euro maps, 4.3in screen, one year’s live subscription, live traffic cameras (30-day trial), lane assist, camera alerts, Bluetooth, voice control, Google Local Search
  
Verdict Highly accomplished – the headline feature is the ability to view traffic cameras in real time. ★★★★★ 
  
Best for beginners
7. NAVIGON 70 EASY
£120, navigon.com
  
Features 23 country maps, 5in screen, lane assist, camera alerts, night/day modes, live subscription available, pedestrian mode
   
Verdict Unwieldy bracket, but extensive European mapping and a ‘last mile’ mode to guide you on foot after parking. ★★★★
  
Best for wide loads
8. SNOOPER S7000 VENTURA
£480, currys.co.uk
  
Features UK/Euro maps, 7in screen, 2D/3D, Bluetooth, digital TV tuner, MP3/4 player, lane assist, 20,000-campsite database
Verdict Very expensive, but ideal for caravan drivers: it calculates routes based on your vehicle’s height, width and weight. ★★★★ 
  
SOURCE:  dailymail.co.uk
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