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Best Garmin sat navs

By Jack Turner

The best Garmin sat navs save you headaches and fuel when you're getting from A to B. These are our favourites from Garmin's latest line-up.

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Garmin has four different sat nav ranges plus sat nav apps for iPhones and Android, but choosing a Garmin sat nav needn't be daunting. Garmin's latest range of devices go from the Drive series – the most basic model – through to the premium DriveLuxe series.

All of the models in the Drive range include free map updates for the lifetime of the device, and all but the basic Drive models include live traffic information. The latest additions to the series include driver awareness alerts, which will warn you of potential upcoming dangers such as sharp corners or level crossings, and Garmin Real Directions which uses street view images to place recognisable landmarks on the screen.

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The best Garmin sat navs

Garmin DriveSmart 60LMT-D
Today's best price £199.99
Which? score 72%
Tested Jun 2016
Best Buy
Overall navigation quality:
4 out of 5
Overall quality of audio instructions:
4 out of 5
Traffic monitoring:
Member exclusive
Traffic monitoring type:
Member exclusive
European Maps:
Member exclusive

The Garmin DriveSmart 60LMT-D is a 6-inch sat nav with detailed maps of Europe, offering lifetime maps and digital traffic updates. It has an impressive touchscreen and is easy to use, but should you buy one? We sent it off to our test lab to find out.

Garmin DriveLuxe 50LMT-D
Today's best price £219.00
Which? score 72%
Tested Jun 2016
Best Buy
Overall navigation quality:
4 out of 5
Overall quality of audio instructions:
4 out of 5
Traffic monitoring:
Member exclusive
Traffic monitoring type:
Member exclusive
European Maps:
Member exclusive

This Best Buy is one of the highest-scoring models we've tested. Although it's fairly pricey, it's particularly easy to use, very responsive and ideal for hands-free navigation. If you're willing to spend big, this is the one to go for.

Garmin DriveAssist 50LMT-D
Today's best price £229.00
Which? score 71%
Tested Jun 2016
Overall navigation quality:
4 out of 5
Overall quality of audio instructions:
3 out of 5
Traffic monitoring:
Member exclusive
Traffic monitoring type:
Member exclusive
European Maps:
Member exclusive

Easy to use and understand, but packed with features.

Garmin NAVIGON Europe (iOS)
Typical price £60.00
Which? score 68%
Tested Dec 2016
Overall navigation quality:
4 out of 5
Overall quality of audio instructions:
4 out of 5
Traffic monitoring:
Member exclusive
Traffic monitoring type:
Member exclusive
European Maps:
Member exclusive

This sat nav app does a great job of recreating the experience of a standalone sat nav - clear mapping and directions will get you from A to B smoothly.

Garmin Drive 60LM
Today's best price £159.99
Which? score 68%
Tested Jun 2016
Overall navigation quality:
4 out of 5
Overall quality of audio instructions:
4 out of 5
Traffic monitoring:
Member exclusive
Traffic monitoring type:
Member exclusive
European Maps:
Member exclusive

A 6-inch sat nav that’s well built and has clear menus and a straightforward interface.

We take sat navs on a more demanding test drive

We test a wide range of dedicated sat navs every year from big name brands such as Garmin and TomTom, as well as smartphone navigation apps from Apple and Google. We also review lesser-known apps, putting each model through a battery of demanding assessments to make sure we find the best one for you. After all, you need to be able to reach your destination without getting lost on the way.

Here at Which? we start our testing from the moment the sat nav is set up, installing the latest updates and checking how easy it is to secure the device in your car. We program in routes, change the route and search for points of interest, taking a close look at the on-screen instructions and map displays. We test each sat nav with a number of target locations, including new addresses, and explore features in depth.

As we put sat navs through their paces, we use a GPS simulator to replicate a set route, including busy streets, complex junctions, multiple lanes and tricky roundabouts. We even go deliberately off-route, to see how quickly sat navs recognise the diversion and recalculate to get things back on track.

To see our in-depth verdicts of all the best models around visit our full sat nav reviews.

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