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Best Sat-Nav solutions for your car

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Best Sat-Nav in 2019, Top-5 Satnavs For Safe Driving

In this day and age of smartphones and apps everywhere, it can be tempting just to rely on apps for navigation, but there are still lots of reasons to look for a sat nav for your car to help you get around while driving. Drivers of brand-new cars might be surprised that aftermarket satnav devices still exist. Satellite navigation is commonly fitted as standard in the latest models, as is Apple CarPlay and/ or Android Auto, which make it easy and safe to use your phone’s built-in mapping apps.

And yet, many cars still do not come with sat nav technology built-in, and although it is relatively easy to turn to Google Maps there are some key practical and safety advantages when using sat navs. Brands including Garmin and TomTom make some of the best Sat Navs and come with features such as speed camera alerts and lane guidance.

If you’re buying a secondhand car built when GPS technology was still a luxury option, the chances are you’ll want more than a traditional and time-consuming road atlas to help you get from A to B. Getting a class-leading model from Garmin or TomTom can make a huge difference to your driving and also sanity. And simply by getting a cheap satnav and take it with you on holidays will save you from the extortionate costs of renting one from the car rental desk.

You’ll find here our recommendations for 2019 and they are quite simply, awesome.

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Best Sat-Nav in 2019, Top-5 Satnavs For Safe Driving

In this day and age of smartphones and apps everywhere, it can be tempting just to rely on apps for navigation, but there are still lots of reasons to look for a sat nav for your car to help you get around while driving. Drivers of brand-new cars might be surprised that aftermarket satnav devices still exist. Satellite navigation is commonly fitted as standard in the latest models, as is Apple CarPlay and/ or Android Auto, which make it easy and safe to use your phone’s built-in mapping apps.

And yet, many cars still do not come with sat nav technology built-in, and although it is relatively easy to turn to Google Maps there are some key practical and safety advantages when using sat navs. Brands including Garmin and TomTom make some of the best Sat Navs and come with features such as speed camera alerts and lane guidance.

If you’re buying a secondhand car built when GPS technology was still a luxury option, the chances are you’ll want more than a traditional and time-consuming road atlas to help you get from A to B. Getting a class-leading model from Garmin or TomTom can make a huge difference to your driving and also sanity. And simply by getting a cheap satnav and take it with you on holidays will save you from the extortionate costs of renting one from the car rental desk.

You’ll find here our recommendations for 2019 and they are quite simply, awesome.

Build Quality99%
Performance95%
Design95%
Battery Life95%
Our Top Pick
Garmin Drive Assist 51 Full EU LMT-S

Great GPS. With all the crazy drivers out there, I wanted a dash cam. This has both a GPS and dash cam in one. The screen is crisp and very clear. It was easy to set up. Connecting the device to the mounting initially took a bit but once we figured it out, it is easy to get on and off. Voice commands are easy in traffic.


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Build Quality99%
Performance95%
Design95%
Battery Life95%
Our Top Pick
Garmin Drive Assist 51 Full EU LMT-S

Great GPS. With all the crazy drivers out there, I wanted a dash cam. This has both a GPS and dash cam in one. The screen is crisp and very clear. It was easy to set up. Connecting the device to the mounting initially took a bit but once we figured it out, it is easy to get on and off. Voice commands are easy in traffic.


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The Garmin Drive Assist 51 LMT-S Sat Nav with Built-in Dash Cam has a large screen makes it simple to enter destinations and navigate the functions and settings.

Lane assistance keeps you ready for the next turn

Colourful arrows tell you which lane to be in to make your next exit or turn.

Customize your route options

You can set up three alternate routes so you’re prepared to take advantage of the road ahead.

Connect your unit using a USB interface

Easily connect to your computer, smartphone or car charger to get map updates, access real-time traffic and more.

Bluetooth technology

Allows you to pair with compatible devices, so you can enjoy hands-free calling in your vehicle. Lifetime traffic extends for the useful life of your Garmin traffic receiver (as long as you own a compatible Garmin GPS) or as long as Garmin receives traffic data from its traffic supplier, whichever is shorter. Traffic content not available for all areas. See www.navteq.com/rdstraffic for traffic coverage areas.

The Garmin Drive Assist 51 LMT-S Sat Nav with Built-in Dash Cam has a large screen makes it simple to enter destinations and navigate the functions and settings.

Lane assistance keeps you ready for the next turn

Colourful arrows tell you which lane to be in to make your next exit or turn.

Customize your route options

You can set up three alternate routes so you’re prepared to take advantage of the road ahead.

Connect your unit using a USB interface

Easily connect to your computer, smartphone or car charger to get map updates, access real-time traffic and more.

Bluetooth technology

Allows you to pair with compatible devices, so you can enjoy hands-free calling in your vehicle. Lifetime traffic extends for the useful life of your Garmin traffic receiver (as long as you own a compatible Garmin GPS) or as long as Garmin receives traffic data from its traffic supplier, whichever is shorter. Traffic content not available for all areas. See www.navteq.com/rdstraffic for traffic coverage areas.

Build Quality99%
Performance91%
Design99%
Image Quality95%
Our Top Pick
TomTom VIA 1505M GPS Navigator

Don’t even try to use it without registering and updating the unit first…it’ll just frustrate you at how slow it is. The updates basically fix ALL the negative complaints about this device’s performance. Not only are your maps up-to-date but the unit becomes remarkably faster and responsive.


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Build Quality99%
Performance91%
Design99%
Image Quality95%
Our Top Pick
TomTom VIA 1505M 5-Inch Portable GPS Navigator

Don’t even try to use it without registering and updating the unit first…it’ll just frustrate you at how slow it is. The updates basically fix ALL the negative complaints about this device’s performance. Not only are your maps up-to-date (most recent map version is 8/2012) but the unit becomes remarkably faster and responsive.


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Hit the road street-smart and style-savvy. The TomTom VIA 1505M with a bigger 5″ touchscreen allows you to see your TomTom maps clearer than ever. Our touchscreen technology makes it easy to plug in a new destination, pull up a point of interest, or get extra information. So you can sit back and enjoy the ride, knowing that you’ve got the world’s best navigation at your fingertips. The new, super-slim TomTom VIA series holds the latest navigation technology, in a fresh, sleek design including an integrated Fold & Go, EasyPort Mount. Travel confidently with superior routing and the most accurate, dependable maps in the GPS industry. In fact, TomTom gives you one million more miles of mapped roads in the US**. The VIA range offers a large array of unique features such as Lifetime Traffic and Map Updates, Bluetooth hands-free calling and natural voice recognition with one-shot destination address entry–all at affordable prices.

Travel with ease and style throughout the US, Canada, Mexico or Europe. This innovative navigator boasts a super-slim design, classic finish, new, intuitive user interface and a 5-inch touchscreen.

Using TomTom maps, you have access to one million more miles of mapped road in the US than you would be using any other GPS brand**. With TomTom VIA’s Free Lifetime Map Updates***, you can download the latest map edition every few months. And, with TomTom Map Share On-Demand Updates, you can easily make instant changes and download verified updates from other TomTom users to your map.

Outsmart delays using IQ Routes*. The exclusive technology directs you to your destination using the smartest, fastest route possible. TomTom knows to avoid certain roads during rush hour, streets inundated with traffic light changes and pedestrian traffic, and more so that you always take the fastest way to get anywhere, at any time.

Hit the road street-smart and style-savvy. The TomTom VIA 1505M with a bigger 5″ touchscreen allows you to see your TomTom maps clearer than ever. Our touchscreen technology makes it easy to plug in a new destination, pull up a point of interest, or get extra information. So you can sit back and enjoy the ride, knowing that you’ve got the world’s best navigation at your fingertips. The new, super-slim TomTom VIA series holds the latest navigation technology, in a fresh, sleek design including an integrated Fold & Go, EasyPort Mount. Travel confidently with superior routing and the most accurate, dependable maps in the GPS industry. In fact, TomTom gives you one million more miles of mapped roads in the US**. The VIA range offers a large array of unique features such as Lifetime Traffic and Map Updates, Bluetooth hands-free calling and natural voice recognition with one-shot destination address entry–all at affordable prices.

Travel with ease and style throughout the US, Canada, Mexico or Europe. This innovative navigator boasts a super-slim design, classic finish, new, intuitive user interface and a 5-inch touchscreen.

Using TomTom maps, you have access to one million more miles of mapped road in the US than you would be using any other GPS brand**. With TomTom VIA’s Free Lifetime Map Updates***, you can download the latest map edition every few months. And, with TomTom Map Share On-Demand Updates, you can easily make instant changes and download verified updates from other TomTom users to your map.

Outsmart delays using IQ Routes*. The exclusive technology directs you to your destination using the smartest, fastest route possible. TomTom knows to avoid certain roads during rush hour, streets inundated with traffic light changes and pedestrian traffic, and more so that you always take the fastest way to get anywhere, at any time.

Build Quality99%
Performance99%
Design94%
Battery Life95%
Our Top Pick
Garmin Nuvi 57LM 5-Inch GPS Navigator

Is it a perfect GPS navigator? No, but it does get very close and to be honest we never found one that is. You will always encounter unexpected roadblocks or roadworks, but the Garmin helped out of a few tight spots when Google Maps was still goofing around.


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Build Quality99%
Performance99%
Design94%
Battery Life95%
Our Top Pick
Garmin Nuvi 57LM 5-Inch GPS Navigator

Is it a perfect GPS navigator? No, but it does get very close and to be honest we never found one that is. You will always encounter unexpected roadblocks or roadworks, but the Garmin helped out of a few tight spots when Google Maps was still goofing around.


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It features a 5.0-inch dual-orientation display, it uses a Garmin Real Directions guide for landmarks, buildings and traffic lights and Foursquare that is a kind of POI in Igo Software to find for example restaurants or shops. It has sound and visual alerts for streets, speed, speed limit and arrival time, school zones, etc..

In the box, the Garmin Nuvi 57LM navigator comes with a power cord for automobile socket, a cord for computer and a window suction cup and the instructions for map downloads. The route calculations and recalculations when you are out of the route are very fast and the processor seems to do a great job.

This is the LM version (lifetime maps), so if you want traffic info you need the LMT (lifetime maps traffic) version that will give you lifetime maps traffic, or simply use Waze or other smartphone apps. So if you drive many miles you should buy a dedicated GPS navigator to avoid smartphone battery drainage or many other reasons. When we started to test Garmin Nuvi 57LM navigator we were surprised by the accurate directions and the satellite acquisition that is very fast, sometimes a few seconds!

It features a 5.0-inch dual-orientation display, it uses a Garmin Real Directions guide for landmarks, buildings and traffic lights and Foursquare that is a kind of POI in Igo Software to find for example restaurants or shops. It has sound and visual alerts for streets, speed, speed limit and arrival time, school zones, etc..

In the box, the Garmin Nuvi 57LM navigator comes with a power cord for automobile socket, a cord for computer and a window suction cup and the instructions for map downloads. The route calculations and recalculations when you are out of the route are very fast and the processor seems to do a great job.

This is the LM version (lifetime maps), so if you want traffic info you need the LMT (lifetime maps traffic) version that will give you lifetime maps traffic, or simply use Waze or other smartphone apps. So if you drive many miles you should buy a dedicated GPS navigator to avoid smartphone battery drainage or many other reasons. When we started to test Garmin Nuvi 57LM navigator we were surprised by the accurate directions and the satellite acquisition that is very fast, sometimes a few seconds!

Build Quality93%
Performance96%
Design92%
Image Quality92%
Our Top Pick
BOSS Audio BV9386NV Navigation

Very happy with this Boss receiver. AM, FM, CD, DVD work great. The navigation is a TomTom. Great stereo GPS. The sound is good, the GPS does well. It would be nice if it had an additional microphone for the phone calls so that people can hear me better. It is not top of the line but it will do the job nicely and will keep your dashboard clutter free.


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Build Quality93%
Performance96%
Design92%
Image Quality92%
Our Top Pick
BOSS Audio BV9386NV Navigation

Very happy with this Boss receiver. AM, FM, CD, DVD work great. The navigation is a TomTom. Great stereo GPS. The sound is good, the GPS does well. It would be nice if it had an additional microphone for the phone calls so that people can hear me better. It is not top of the line but it will do the job nicely and will keep your dashboard clutter free.


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  • GPS NAVIGATION: The BOSS Audio BV9386NV has built-in GPS (Global Positioning System) Includes Coverage Of All 50 States, Puerto Rico And Pre-loaded Point Of Interest. The Text-To-Speech Guides you To Your Final Destination. View Maps In 2D As Well As 3D
  • BLUETOOTH: Answer Calls With Just One Push Of a Button. Make Calls And Be Hands-Free With No Distractions. No Need To Hold Your Phone Ever Again. You Can Also Play And Control Your Music And Apps Like Spotify / Pandora Wirelessly
  • MEDIA PAYBACK: Watch Your Choice Of Videos Through The DVD Player, Play Music Through Your Bluetooth Device, Pop In a CD or Use The USB And SD Ports For More Audio Alternatives. Tune Into The AM/FM Radio Stations For Up To Date Music/News/Sports And More.
  • AUXILIARY INPUT: This Double din head unit Is Compatible With The Audio Output From Smartphones As Well As MP3 Players. Even More Ways to Chill.
  • INPUTS: USB / SD Ports, AUX Input. Connect a Rearview Camera (Sold Separately). The Steering Wheel Interface Allows You To Use The Existing Functions On Your Steering Wheel (Interface Module Sold Separately. We Recommend The Metra ASWC-1).
  • OUTPUTS: Use The Front, Rear & Subwoofer Pre Amp Outputs To Hook Up Your Speakers (Front Left/Front Right And Rear Left/Rear Right) And Subwoofer. The Video Output Allows You To Connect An Extra Screen For More Viewing Capability.
  • POWER: You Can Get 80 Watts x 4 Max Power From The BV9386NV To Power Your Speakers. An Amplifier Is Recommended To Make Sure Your Speakers Are Well Powered
  • GPS NAVIGATION: The BOSS Audio BV9386NV has built-in GPS (Global Positioning System) Includes Coverage Of All 50 States, Puerto Rico And Pre-loaded Point Of Interest. The Text-To-Speech Guides you To Your Final Destination. View Maps In 2D As Well As 3D
  • BLUETOOTH: Answer Calls With Just One Push Of a Button. Make Calls And Be Hands-Free With No Distractions. No Need To Hold Your Phone Ever Again. You Can Also Play And Control Your Music And Apps Like Spotify / Pandora Wirelessly
  • MEDIA PAYBACK: Watch Your Choice Of Videos Through The DVD Player, Play Music Through Your Bluetooth Device, Pop In a CD or Use The USB And SD Ports For More Audio Alternatives. Tune Into The AM/FM Radio Stations For Up To Date Music/News/Sports And More.
  • AUXILIARY INPUT: This Double din head unit Is Compatible With The Audio Output From Smartphones As Well As MP3 Players. Even More Ways to Chill.
  • INPUTS: USB / SD Ports, AUX Input. Connect a Rearview Camera (Sold Separately). The Steering Wheel Interface Allows You To Use The Existing Functions On Your Steering Wheel (Interface Module Sold Separately. We Recommend The Metra ASWC-1).
  • OUTPUTS: Use The Front, Rear & Subwoofer Pre Amp Outputs To Hook Up Your Speakers (Front Left/Front Right And Rear Left/Rear Right) And Subwoofer. The Video Output Allows You To Connect An Extra Screen For More Viewing Capability.
  • POWER: You Can Get 80 Watts x 4 Max Power From The BV9386NV To Power Your Speakers. An Amplifier Is Recommended To Make Sure Your Speakers Are Well Powered