Top 10 sat navs for under £200Sat navs are an ideal last-minute Christmas gift
20 December 2010
If you’re struggling to find a Christmas present, a sat nav could prove to be the ideal gift.
Which? tests all the latest sat navs from brands including TomTom, Sony and Garmin, as well as other lesser-known manufacturers. We also test sat nav apps for smartphones.
We rate each one for ease of use, accuracy and performance.
Here are our top 10 recommended sat navs for less than £200*.
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1. Garmin Nuvi 3760T
The Garmin Nuvi 3760T would be ideal for anyone new to sat navs. We liked the ease of use, good sound quality and the clearly set-out display. European maps, speed camera information and reality view for motorways are all useful features of this well-performing Garmin..
Read the full review of the Garmin Nuvi 3760T
2. Garmin Nuvi 205WT
The Garmin Nuvi 205WT isn’t the biggest sat nav on the market, but it does display the road well thanks to a sharp contrast that makes it easy to read. Quick recalculations, ease of use and a price tag closer to £100 than £200 also make this an ideal Christmas present.
The Garmin Nuvi 205WT full review is available here
3. Garmin Nuvi 1490T
Again, like the Garmin Nuvi 250T, the Nuvi 1490T is reasonably priced. And we found it easy to use, thanks to a large display and clear screen. It also got highly commended for finding exact house numbers, and the motorway lane assist it features. Plus, it has European maps.
Find out more about the Garmin Nuvi 1490T here
4. Garmin Nuvi 1690
As well as having clear instructions, the Garmin Nuvi 1690 is one of the first sat navs to offer nüLink technology. This package allows the sat nav to use a mobile internet connection to update traffic news, fuel prices, speed camera locations and more. The Garmin Nuvi 1690 also has a Bluetooth voice dial feature, but we found this wasn't the smoothest operating system.
See the full review of the Garmin Nuvi 1690
5. TomTom One Regional
Value for money is one of the key elements of the TomTom One Regional. It is simple to install and easy to use; perfect for a someone who is using a sat nav for the first time. PIN protection makes it stand out from some of the competition and good re-routing is a key asset for this particular sat nav. One downfall of the TomTom One Regional is that it doesn't announce when you've made a wrong turn.
6. Garmin Nuvi 205W
Much like the rest of the Garmin range, the Nuvi 205W scored well for the clarity of the screen, even though it is only a medium-sized sat nav. It is key to note this model doesn’t have traffic avoidance, but it is quick to recalculate and, for the price, is a versatile system. The only real downfalls are that you can't program multiple destinations and the route indicators are comparatively small compared to other systems.
Get the full review of the Garmin Nuvi 205W
7. Garmin Nuvi 1310
The Garmin Nuvi 1310 uses the same core software as the Nuvi 1490T, the number three on this list. Motorway lane assist is good, and we particularly liked how the system speaks road names as you encounter them. For under £100, it is an ideal gift for anyone who is new to sat navs.
The Garmin Nuvi 1310 review is available here
8. TomTom Go 550
The TomTom Go range is one of the most recognised on the sat nav market. We liked the Go 550’s ease of use, accurate mapping and how well it worked at multiple junctions. It is bulkier than a lot of the competition, making it hard to store when you leave the car.
9. Snooper S600 Syrius Plus
One of the things we liked most about the Snooper S500 Syrius Plus was how easy it is to make changes to routes on the move. The display is as good as better known brands, it functions well in built-up areas and is quick to re-route. You can also save more than 100 addresses to its directory, making it quick and easy to access regularly visited locations and favourites. Pin-point accuracy isn’t as good as some here, though.
10. Navigon 4350 Max
Sneaking into the top 10 is the Navigon 4350 Max sat nav. The best feature is the high-quality audio, but lane assistance and the ease of changing routes on the move also boost this sat nav system. Poor screen sensitivity does let it down slightly, along with poor traffic information.
* Prices may vary in sales and do not include postage costs from retailers.
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