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The best satnavs: Five to consider for your navigation needs

Forget those annoying ‘carguments’ over whether it was the first or second left, buy a sat nav. Here are five that are worth considering for getting from A to B without seeing red.

There are many reasons why sat navs have taken a back seat in recent years, but they are still very useful and have their merits, even if you have a smartphone. But which one should you buy? Recombu Cars attempts to shed some light on that question with five of the best sat navs.

Snooper SC5800 DVR

The Snooper SC5800 DVR is more easily justified because it comes with an in-built HD dash cam, which will record any accidents you have along the way. It also has more than 24,000 campsites right across Europe pre-loaded as well as general navigation duties.

A five-inch display makes it easy to see from a distance without obscuring the view ahead, while the My-Speed XL feature can help you avoid getting caught by a speed trap. It also comes with a lifetime of free European map updates in case you venture abroad for a booze cruise.

£249.99 |

TomTom Go 5200

Remember when plugging in a sat nav was necessary for an update? Yeah, it is still a thing. But the TomTom Go 5200 shuns the trend with WiFi connectivity, while offering a lifetime of world map updates, lifetime of speed camera updates, hands-free calling and traffic alerts.

There are a few quirks that keep it from being our favourite satnav, such as the sometimes clumsy user-interface, but it is mostly easy to use and got us from A to B without any hassle, no matter where you are on the planet.

£299.99 |

Garmin Nuvi 2699 LMT-D

Sitting somewhere in the middle of the Garmin range is the Nuvi 2699 LMT-D, which comes with a six-inch display usually reserved for more expensive devices. It also comes with Bluetooth for hands-free calls, European maps with lifetime updates and a traffic avoidance solution.

Support for pinch to zoom makes it easy to zoom in on maps, while the display can be used in portrait or landscape orientations, which may prove useful for some cars. Then there is voice control, school zone alerts and connectivity with an Android or iPhone for extra functionality such as real-time weather.

£199.99 |

TomTom Via 62

To get the best out of the TomTom Via 62 requires a smartphone, like many other mid-range devices. Once connected, hands-free calls, real-time services and other features are enabled.

European maps are updated for life if you connect it to a PC, while TomTom Traffic is also included for life, allowing you to benefit from real-time updates from millions of users worldwide. It also has Advanced Lane Guidance to help you get in the right lane and voice control.

£169.99 |

Garmin DriveAssist 50LMT-D

The Garmin DriveAssist 50LMT-D justifies its higher cost with all the best bits of navigation combined with a five-inch display and an in-built dash cam that saves files when it detects a collision. Still images and video can be stored on the included microSD card or one of your own.

It can even be hooked up to a camera if you want to make reversing easier, or just stick with the free lifetime of Europe map updates and free lifetime of digital traffic data to make your journeys as quick and congestion-free as possible.

£279.99 |


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