TomTom has revealed its new sat nav, the TomTom XL Live. The new model comes with all the usual features we would expect, but with the additional option of a subscription service to new ‘Live’ information.
XL Live services
These additional services include up to date traffic information, an online Google search to locate local businesses, and . TomTom claims that around 90% of these prices are updated daily, and users can plan route to take into account the cheaper petrol stations along the way. These can be sorted by price, supplier or distance from the main route.
Although the XL Live works as a standalone sat nav, access to these additional features will cost £7.99 a month. The model comes with a three-month free trial, and TomTom states that this service is quite flexible, with the driver not being tied into a contract.
Which? motoring expert George Marshall-Thornhill says: ‘TomTom’s traffic avoidance technology seems to be more advanced and quicker to react to congestion than most of its competitors. Other features such as petrol price and local service information could be the icing on the cake.’
The XL Live also includes maps for 42 European countries, some of which also have Live services enabled (UK, France, Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands). Existing TomTom Go x40 Live customers will receive a free, automatic upgrade by the end of 2009.
The TomTom XL Live will be available in June 2009, with a suggested retail price of £249.99.