5 Best Car Sat Navs 2019 - Sat Nav Reviews

What sat nav is most suitable for your car?


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By Cai Bradley

on Thursday 14 November 2019


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It’s no secret that many people have become reliant on tech nowadays, and the majority of us drivers would be pretty lost – quite literally – without the help of a sat nav. But what is the best sat nav in the UK? And where can you find the best sat nav deals?

Here, we rank five of the best sat navs in the UK and review each of their pros and cons individually.

1. NAVRUF 7 Inch Sat Nav

NAFRUF Sat NavThe NAVRUF 7-inch sat nav is a clever bit of tech and quite unique in the fact that it replicates a small tablet in both its size and performance.

It is reactive and has a wide touchscreen interface, featuring a sophisticated 3D map option, over 41 languages, and maps of over 50 countries. If you’re looking for the best sat nav under £100, the NAVRUF is definitely up there with the most impressive.

Cost: £60.99

Pros

  • Speed camera alerts

  • POI lane assistance

  • Pre-installed UK and EU maps

  • Lifetime free updates

  • Built in hi-fi speakers and FM transmitter for music and navigation voice

Cons

  • Screen may be too large for smaller cars

  • Some may find it too complex to use

2. XGODY 504 GPS – Best budget sat nav under £40

XGODY Sat NavIf you’re looking for a cheap sat nav under £40, your best option is the user-friendly and affordable XGODY 504 GPS for just over £31.

Its five-inch screen is the perfect size for most average sized vehicles – not so big that it covers half of the windscreen, but not too small either. Speed camera alerts are included as standard, as are all the basic sat nav features that you’d expect.

Cost: £31.69

Pros

  • Lifetime free map updates

  • Intelligent error correction

  • One of the cheapest sat navs available

  • Speed camera alerts

  • 60 days return for refund and 365 days return for repair

Cons

  • Certain users may prefer a larger seven-inch screen

  • May not be as reactive and as fast as more expensive devices

3. Jimwey Sat Nav – Best sat nav with Bluetooth

Jimwey Sat Nav

The Jimwey Sat Nav GPS Navigation System includes a useful Bluetooth hands-free function, so you can stay safe while taking calls on the road. You’re also in safe hands when taking directions from this Jimwey sat nav, thanks to its smart route planning and well-detailed map.

If you wouldn’t use the Bluetooth feature and would rather save some money, there’s also a non-Bluetooth version available for around £10 less.

Cost: £60.99

Pros

  • Adjustable mount for a better view of the screen

  • Seven vehicle modes (van, car, taxi, bicycle, bus, etc.)

  • Lifetime free map updates

  • FM transmitter

  • Bluetooth hands-free feature

Cons

  • Despite being a slim device, the screen could be too large for some smaller cars

  • Not as accurate as Garmin or TomTom, but they are (of course) more expensive

4. TomTom GO Basic car sat nav

TomTom GO Basic Sat NavTomTom’s GO Basic sat nav is a more premium product than the others mentioned in this list so far and it’s obviously a more renowned brand, which brings with it both pros and cons.

Yes, it may be more expensive, but that’s largely due to the more sophisticated features that are included, such as its ability to update maps via built-in Wi-Fi, meaning that it is unlikely to take you down roads that don’t exist anymore (which some cheaper sat navs do occasionally).

Cost: £129.99

Pros

  • Updates maps via built-in wifi – no computer needed

  • Integrates with smartphones easily

  • Maps issued seasonally, including road changes and revised speed limits

  • Very accurate maps and route planning

  • Traffic accuracy is impressive

Cons

  • It’s more expensive than most other sat navs in this list

  • The five-inch screen could be too small for some users

5. Garmin Drive 51LMT-S 5 Inch Sat Nav

Garmin Sat NavGarmin has established itself as one of, if not the best sat nav and GPS company in the world, and this Garmin Drive 51LMT-S is one of the best models on offer at the moment.

Remember, you get what you pay for with sat navs, and the high quality of this Garmin device comes at a cost. If you’re willing to sacrifice some quality to save money, the cheaper options from XGODY and NAVRUF may better suit you.

You could pay £30, £40 or even £50 more than you would for sat navs from lesser established companies, but you get a more reliable service and know that you’re getting the highest quality tech.

Cost: £86.99

Pros

  • Lifetime map updates via smartphone link app

  • Weather forecasts

  • Live parking information for on and off-street parking

  • Garmin Real Directions programme uses landmarks and traffic lights to help guide you

  • Accurate live traffic information to help you choose the best route

Cons

  • Expensive in comparison to some other devices

  • Can be a little overwhelming at times with too much information for a relatively small screen, especially for drivers glancing quickly

Storing your device and gadget insurance

Bear in mind that sat navs are expensive pieces of tech and will naturally attract thieves if you leave yours on display, so take yours from the car whenever it’s not in use.

You might even want to consider getting gadget insurance or some sort of specialist policy if you buy a more expensive device in case it is lost, stolen, or damaged.

We hope that our guide has helped you decide which sat nav best suits you; remember that there are always new deals arising, so shop around and compare prices from a variety of retailers both online and in-store to find the most affordable offer for you.

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