Best Sat Nav 2016

Top 7 Sat Navs You Can Buy

Best Rated
TomTom GO 5100
Best Seller
Garmin Nuvi 2599LMT-D
TomTom GO 510
Garmin nuvi 55LM
TomTom Start 20
Garmin Drive 40LM
Best Deal
Hieha GPS03
ModellTomTom GO 5100Garmin Nuvi 2599LMT-DTomTom GO 510Garmin nuvi 55LMTomTom Start 20Garmin Drive 40LMHieha GPS03
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Rating1.8GOOD
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Rating1.9GOOD
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Rating2.0GOOD
Available Display Sizes5''/6''5''/6''/7''5''5''/6''4.3''/5''4''/5''/6''7''
MapsWorldwide45 countriesWorldwide24 countriesUK and ROI MapsUK and ROI Lifetime MapsUK and Europe Maps
BatteryLi-ionLi-ionLi-ionLi-ionLi-ionLi-ionLi-ion
Traffic Alerts
Free Map Updates
Bluetooth
Touchscreen
USB
Product Dimensions14.5 x 9.1 x 2.2 cm14 x 8.9 x 1.8 cm14.5 x 9.1 x 2.2 cm13.9 x 8.6 x 2 cm11.9 x 8 x 2.5 cm7.6 x 1.9 x 12.2 cm18 x 11.3 x 1.3 cm
Weight235 g186 g300 g181 g181 g145 gn.i
(Special) Features
  • Worldwide Free updated Maps
  • Very responsive and easy to use
  • Very responsive
  • Extremely User-friendly
  • Bluetooth Connectivity
  • Integrated Mounting with Flip Screen
  • Very User-friendly
  • Millions of Points of Interest
  • Foldaway Mount
  • Low Weight
  • Smart Notifications
  • Bluetooth Handsfree Calling
  • Multimaedia Play
  • 49 Countries' Maps preloaded
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Best Rated
TomTom GO 5100
TomTom GO 5100
  • Worldwide Free updated Maps
  • Very responsive and easy to use
209,99 €
Best Seller
Garmin Nuvi 2599LMT-D
Garmin Nuvi 2599LMT-D
  • Very responsive
  • Extremely User-friendly
129,99 €
TomTom GO 510
TomTom GO 510
  • Bluetooth Connectivity
  • Integrated Mounting with Flip Screen
138,00 €
Garmin nuvi 55LM
Garmin nuvi 55LM
  • Very User-friendly
  • Millions of Points of Interest
110,00 €
TomTom Start 20
TomTom Start 20
  • Foldaway Mount
  • Low Weight
79,99 €
Garmin Drive 40LM
Garmin Drive 40LM
  • Smart Notifications
  • Bluetooth Handsfree Calling
79,00 €
Best Deal
Hieha GPS03
Hieha GPS03
  • Multimaedia Play
  • 49 Countries' Maps preloaded
40,99 €

Things You Should Know For Our Sat Nav Reviews

If you are looking to get from A to B both in a timely and stress-free manner, sat navs are your best friend. Satellite navigation has made great advances in recent years, since you are able to use your smartphone or LTE tablet as a cheap sat nav device. There are great sat nav deals out there and downloading a GPS app to your phone is incredibly easy. In fact, Google Maps can even serve as a free sat nav if you have a Windows, Apple or Android phone. So what is the best sat nav that will suit your needs? Which criteria should you keep in mind when purchasing a sat nav and which company is the best? Which one is the best Garmin sat nav and where can you find sat navs for sale? We are here to tell you about the best sat nav systems, current sat nav reviews and everything else that you need to know in regards to your purchasing decision.

How does Satellite Navigation work?

Before we tell you about the best sat nav options, we would like to provide you with some pertinent insights on how GPS navigation works. GPS devices rely on the so-called global positioning system. This system allows your sat nav to pinpoint your exact location no matter where you are currently located. Most sat navs pick up signals from three, if not more satellites, of which there are about 30 and which are constantly orbiting planet earth. Data from these satellites is transmitted to your sat nav at the speed of light so that data can be processed instantly. These satellites are also used to help with calculating the distance from your desired destination via your sat nav’s built-in maps. Of course, the speed at which you are travelling and the direction you are going in is also calculated. Satellite navigation requires both the above-mentioned satellite data as well as built-in maps, which you should make sure to update on a regular basis for the most accurate sat navigation.

Important GPS Navigation Features

So what should you look for in the best sat nav? What are the features that you cannot go without even if you are buying a cheap sat nav? We have studied numerous sat nav review 2016 and are thus able to tell you which criteria matter the most. Before we go into further detail, we would first like to provide a list of the potential features that your satnav system might or should offer:

  • With traffic tracking
  • Speed camera identification
  • Detailed maps
  • With lifetime maps
  • Including sat nav holder or dash mount
  • With dash cam
  • Automatic updates
  • Handheld GPS
  • With worldwide satellite navigation or European maps
  • Possibility to save recent/ most frequented destinations
  • Sat nav app or built-in system
  • Sat nav with Bluetooth
  • Sat nav with camera
  • Different sat nav voices

As you can see, getting the best value when purchasing a car sat nav boils down to a lot of different factors. However, some of the same criteria also play a role when you are buying a motorcycle sat nav or motorbike sat nav. Of course, these sat navs require a different mounting system than a car sat nav. However, regular updates are just as important for your motorcycle sat nav and motorbike sat nav. You might also want to make sure that your motorcycle sat nav includes traffic tracking and speed camera identification. In general, our sat nav reviews 2016 show that most customers prefer more features rather than less. In turn, you will want to buy a sat nav that offers as many of these features as possible.

Sat Nav Apps, handheld GPS or built-in Sat-Navs?

Whether you are shopping at Best Buy, Argos, Amazon, Currys, Tesco or Halfords, our sat nav reviews show that picking the right kind of sat nav is a very personal choice and often a matter of preference. However, our sat nav comparison also indicates that fewer and fewer consumers are opting for a built-in BMW sat nav or Audi sat nav, since getting a sat nav app or dedicated sat nav is cheaper. Moreover, consumers are also frequently switching cars, which means that they will not be able to take their Audi sat nav or BMW sat nav with them, which thus seems like a waste of money. Not only is a built-in satnav system harder to update, but this type of sat nav will also cost you more. In most cases, built-in GPS systems will simply replace the radio, stereo, CD player or audio system in your car. This might cause problems if having a high-end stereo system is important to you, since you will have to choose one or the other.

So why not choose a TomTom or Garmin sat nav, such as the Garmin Nuvi or the Garmin eTrex? You can find great sat nav offers on these devices, their maps can even be updated for your international travels and you can also use your Garmin sat nav when you hire rental cars. So why rent a European sat nav when you can simply bring your own? As such, your options really boil down to handheld GPS systems or sat nav apps. We have listed some of the pros and cons for both kinds of systems below:

Car Sat Nav Pros and Cons

Pros Cons

  • Offer a lot of additional features such as speed camera identification

  • Offers live traffic tracking

  • Built-in maps won’t let you down

  • You can get a sat nav with Bluetooth or a sat nav with camera

  • Can be used for trucks and for caravans

  • Large screen, easy to use

  • Often comes with its own mount

  • Can simply download the right kinds of map for the United Kingdom, USA, Europe, Australia and other countries

  • Dedicated sat navs tend to be a bit more pricey
  • Difficult to repair in case or problems, might just have to buy a new one

Sat Nav Apps Pros and Cons

Pros Cons

  • Sat nav free or low app prices

  • Constantly loading new app data

  • Portable, can be used for bikes and for motorbikes as well

  • Available for iPhone and for Android


  • Drains your smartphone battery

  • Might be slow to load

  • Can let you down without a GPS signal

  • Sat nav apps often require the latest smartphone operating system (not good for old phones)

  • No reversing camera

  • Separate mount is required

  • Relatively small touch screen depending on what kinds of phone you use

As you can see, we recommend a dedicated route planner over sat nav apps. While using an app to get you from A to B is more affordable, you can buy sat nav systems used or score some great sat nav deals online. Definitely compare prices in order to score the best deals. While your new dedicated sat nav might initially be a little more expensive, some of the best sat nav UK offers include lifetime map updates. In turn, these might turn out to be the cheapest sat nav systems, since you won’t be paying for any additional maps in the future. Just wait for the next sat nav sale to score a great deal on your favourite devices.

Which Sat Nav Brand is the best?

While we have already mentioned the Garmin Nuvi and the Garmin eTrex, TomTom is another one of the top 5 sat nav brands worldwide. While it is hard to say which the best free sat nav app is, since new apps are constantly being released, the top 10 sat nav brands have pretty much stayed the same and have proven themselves over the years. Whether you are looking for the best cheap sat nav, the best sat nav under £100, under £50 or under £40, we recommend that you seriously consider the following brands when browsing the sat nav sale:

  • Navigon
  • RAC
  • Alpine
  • P Navi
  • Mio
  • Route 66
  • Becker
  • Blaupunkt
  • Road Angel
  • Magellan
  • Navster GPS
  • M8
  • Navman
  • Snooper sat nav

How much you end up paying in Euro, American Dollars or Pounds will depend on what online shop you choose and what clearance discounts and sat nav offers are available. Keep the prices for shipping in mind when placing your order as well. Since delivery on the top 10 sat navs can take a few days, you might want to use an online sat nav in the meantime. After all, sat nav apps are great when you do not use them on a daily basis or you need a GPS system until your dedicated nav, which you were able to order at a discount online, is delivered.

Google Maps is the easiest way to use a sav nav free of charge. No matter whether you drive a Mercedes, Mazda or Corsa, this technology will give you directions with ease. In fact, you might even be able to use the GPS navigation app not just on phone, but your smartwatch as well. However, we do not recommend using your phone as a sat nav, since the risk of getting distracted and getting into an accident when looking down on your watch is far too great.

Buy new Accessories for your GPS System

Whether you are using a free sat nav on your phone or you have just bought the best sat nav UK, which sat nav you use also determines what new accessories you might need. There are not only plenty of sat navs for sale, but just as many different accessories as well. While the best Garmin sat nav might come with a mount, your mobile phone usually needs to be combined with a separate mount in order to use it as a navigational system. In order to upgrade or complete the installation of the latest software, a disc, DVD or SD card might be required. You might also require a separate UK-sat nav charger or a charger for your phone. We strongly recommend that you compare the best deals on the following accessories:

  • 7 inch carry case
  • Hands free or suction cup mount
  • Compact sat nav charger
  • Mounting disc
  • Sat nav USB or mini-USB cable
  • High-speed charger
  • Extra battery

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