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Top five best sat nav apps for 2019

By Hannah Walsh

We put all sat nav apps through the same tough tests as sat navs. Here, we round up the very best sat nav apps.

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If you’ve previously used a sat nav unit in your car, you may well scoff at the thought of a humble sat nav app being able to take its place. Once upon a time, you would have been right – when we first began testing sat nav apps, they were slow, not very clear, and simply couldn’t hold a candle to a dedicated device. And for some, this is still the case.

But other sat nav apps have come on leaps and bounds in the past few years, and the very best will get you from A to B just as smoothly as a dedicated device. They will also have excellent visual and audio guidance to save you from having to make any last-minute dashes across lanes; clear maps; plenty of advanced features; and user-friendly interfaces. They’re convenient, too, and will have you on the road at the touch of a button.

Here, we’ve picked out the best sat nav apps from our tests. We’ve included apps for Android and iOS, as well as paid-for and free options, so you’re sure to find what you’re looking for. 

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Top five sat nav apps

76%
£0.00
Reviewed

If you're using an Android smartphone, we recommend this sat nav app. It's free to download, and you get 50 miles' worth of navigation free each month. Instructions are detailed, maps are clutter-free and vocal guidance is great, particularly on motorways.

74%
£25.00
Reviewed

This is one of our top-performing sat nav apps. The map is clear and easy to read, and it does a great job of getting you smoothly through towns.

73%
£29.00
Reviewed

This is our top-performing sat nav app. The map is clear and easy to read, and it does a great job of getting you smoothly through towns.

68%
£35.00
Reviewed

A year of traffic data for free and clear visual and audio instructions make this sat nav app worth a look. It's available for Android and iOS users.

Pricing, recommendations and test scores correct as of March 2017.

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And here are three to avoid

The worst sat nav apps from our testing are bad enough to be Don’t Buys – frankly, we think they should just get lost. Cluttered mapping, and confusing audio and visual guidance and menus make the worst sat nav apps a nightmare to use, and you’ll find yourself headed off-course before you know it.

Don’t Buy sat nav apps

56%
£0.00
Reviewed

This free to download app for Android devices gets the basic guidance right and even offers voice recogition. However, it's too frustrating to use, with clunky menus and a lack of even the most basic features. There are much better sat nav apps available.

38%
£0.00
Reviewed

It may be free, and can calculate routes reasonably quickly, but this app for Apple devices has little going for it other than that. The map and audio instructions can sometimes be difficult to follow, and you'll have to pay extra for speed camera and live traffic information.

32%
£0.00
Reviewed

It may be free to download, but this sat nav app will drive you round the bend before getting you to your destination.

Should I use a free sat nav app?

We all like the sound of ‘free’ and, no matter what your smartphone platform, there are a variety of free apps available. In our testing, we’ve found that they can be hit and miss though. They may cost nothing, but some have such poor guidance and a lack of features that even that still isn’t good value. Others are sponsored, so will have annoying banners and pop-ups.

We put free sat nav apps through the same tough tests as paid-for apps and standalone sat nav devices, so you can be sure that any free sat nav app we recommend will get you to your destination with no problems. The very best provide a similarly smooth experience to standalone sat nav devices. You can find our pick of the top options in our best free sat nav apps 2019 guide.

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