GPS car navigation review March 2009

GPS test results for both city and country driving.
 
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  • Updated:1 Mar 2009
 

02.Results

What to buy

TomTom GO 930 - $849
TomTom XL - $399
Uniden Trax 436 - $400
Garmin 265WT- $549
Garmin nuvi 5000 - $799
Garmin nuvi 500 - $549
Navman S-Series S45 - $349

 

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Results Table

PRODUCT PERFORMANCE FEATURES
Brand / model (in rank order) Overall score (%) City driving test score (%) Country driving test score (%) Ease of use score (%) Verbal instructions score (%) Screen quality score (%) Points of interest score (%) Widescreen Bluetooth MP3 player Photo / Video / e-book
TomTom GO 930
www.tomtom.com
86 78 75 96 90 100 100 • / - / •
TomTom XL
www.tomtom.com
85 78 75 93 88 100 100 - / - / -
Uniden TRAX 436
www.uniden.com.au
83 76 75 91 90 83 100 - / - / -
Garmin 265WT
www.garmin.com.au
82 80 67 96 88 100 72 •/ - / -
Garmin nuvi 5000
www.garmin.com.au
82 81 67 95 85 100 82 • / • / •
Garmin nuvi 500
www.garmin.com.au
81 81 67 90 83 100 82 - / - / -
Navman S-Series S45
www.navman.com
80 70 75 91 85 87 90 • / - / -
Mio Moov 300
www.mio-tech.com.au
74 79 42 91 88 80 90 • / - / -
Mio Moov 370
www.mio-tech.com.au
74 79 42 91 88 80 90 • / - / -
Magellan Maestro 5310
www.magellan.com.au
71 73 33 88 88 93 86 - / - / -
Magellan CrossoverGPS
www.magellan.com.au
70 72 33 87 83 93 86 • / - / -
Navigon 2150 max
www.navigonaus.com
70 80 33 89 80 77 87 •/ - / -
Tevion (ALDI) GPS Navigator 7342#
www.aldi.com.au
70 69 58 80 78 67 82 • / • / •
Navman S-Series Platinum S200
www.navman.com
65 75 33 63 83 77 86 • / • / -
Navman S-Series Platinum S300T
www.navman.com
65 75 33 63 83 77 86 • / • / -
Hema Navigator
www.hemanavigator.com.au
63 73 25 84 80 67 73 • / - / -
Navig8r M43
www.laserco.net
58 63 33 76 80 60 41 • / • / •
 

Table notes

# Discontinued, but may be available in some stores.

(A) Additional software required.

(B) SUNA optional extra with external antenna supplied.

(C) SUNA subscription included in overall price with antenna incorporated into unit.

(D) Dimension includes screen mount attached to unit.

Using the table

Scores The overall score is made up of:

  • In-car performance: 50% (city 25% / country 25%)
  • Ease of use: 15%
  • Verbal instructions: 15%
  • Screen quality: 10%
  • Points of interest: 10%

Features For an explanation of features, see What to Look For.
Price Recommended retail, as of February 2009. 

How we test

  • City Besides his home address, our tester selects six destinations within Sydney – a railway station, airport, university, medical centre, golf course and sports complex – and starting from same point, drives the route with all GPS models to see which locates them correctly. He also compares actual travelling times and distances with those predicted by the GPS.
  • Country He selects a combination of wineries and hotels from the most recent Hunter Valley Tourist Guide to find out if the GPS provides accurate directions. Only locations with a proper street address shown in the guide are selected; that is, house/lot number, street name and town name.
  • Ease of use Our tester assesses how useful the instructions are, how easy it is to attach the GPS to the windscreen and whether it vibrates during driving. He looks at how easy it is to use the menu structure on the touch screen and, where supplied, if it is necessary to use a stylus to make entries.
  • Verbal instructions are assessed by listening to the quality of the voice, timing of turn and other instructions, specificity of the instructions, and whether it is possible to rely on verbal instructions alone, or look at the screen.
  • Screen quality Our tester compares how easy it is to read the map and how clear the picture is in daylight and at night.
  • Points of interest He selects 20 points of interests, including a hospital, medical centre, airport, police, shopping centre, tourist attraction and so on, and rates the models based on how many POIs are found.
  • Durability He checks the systems after three hours in a temperature-controlled oven at 60ºC to simulate being in a car on a hot summer’s day.