Best TomTom sat navs

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Best TomTom sat navs

by Jack Turner

TomTom’s best sat navs take the headaches out of journeys and help save you time and fuel. We round up the best for every budget.

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The best TomTom sat nav for you

TomTom has three different sat nav ranges, starting with the basic TomTom Start range and moving up through the TomTom Via, with some added features, to the feature-packed TomTom Go Live. TomTom also has an app for Android and iOS smartphones, which recreates its sat nav experience on your phone.

All new TomTom models come with free lifetime maps, giving you access to updates for the life of your device. Different models also come with UK, European or Worldwide maps, although you can always download additional maps later. All new models come with TomTom Traffic - TomTom’s system for avoiding traffic jams and congestion, which TomTom claims can reduce the journey time by 15%.

With TomTom, the difference between models really comes down to features, but how do you choose? To help, we’ve picked out our five favourite TomTom sat navs, from the basic, budget TomToms to the brand’s most advanced devices. 

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This sat nav may be an oldie, but it’s definitely a goodie. Great audio instructions will help you find your way without taking your eyes off the road.

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This sat nav is a great budget option. It lacks some advanced features, but the impressive performance on the road will get you from A to B without a hitch.

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This sat nav is expensive but if you want great navigation and live traffic updates, you won’t find many better big-screen models.

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Which? tests dozens of sat navs every year, putting each one through a series of demanding assessments. It’s the only way to make sure we find the best sat navs for you, and that these help you get to your destination effectively.

Testing begins with the basics, including setting the device up and installing updates, before we look at programming routes. We search for points of interest, add in routes, then change them to see how easy it is to make your sat nav work for you. We take a good, close look at the on-screen instructions, menus and displays, and we test each sat nav with a number of different target destinations, including new addresses that can show up outdated maps.

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.

If you want to discover which sat navs did well in our tests, and which will lead you up the garden path, head over to our full sat nav reviews.