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The other major feature which has been brought down from premium models is Lane Guidance, probably because budget models from other manufacturers have already added their own versions, such as the Navigon 1210. Lane Guidance pops up a full-screen graphic at major junctions, to ensure you position your vehicle in the right lane for the exit you want, or to avoid leaving the main highway when you aren't meant to. It's certainly a handy feature when traversing complicated multi-lane motorway interchanges.

Another lesser feature from TomTom's LIVE Services has been moved over, too. Fuel Prices lets you find the cheapest petrol station nearby or on your route. Obviously, you can't update the prices on the fly, as the XL doesn't have the integrated mobile data link of the x40 LIVE series. Instead, you need to hook the XL up to a computer via USB, install the TomTom HOME software, create an account and download these. You get a three-month trial in the box, after which updates cost £34.95 a year, although this also includes the safety camera location database.

In order to differentiate itself physically from the previous XL, the new version is dressed mostly in black, rather than silver. It also has a revised interface. Previously, we have found TomToms prior to the x40 series could be a little complicated to use, thanks to the very many menu options available. This has been reduced to two main pages, although there's still plenty to get through if you drill down to the preferences.

However, the traditional TomTom map interface remains. This isn't the most aesthetic arrangement out there (we particularly like Garmin devices in this respect), but it does pack absolutely everything you will want to know onto one screen. Most of this can be found in the information bar at the bottom of the screen. On the left is the next turning and how far away it is. Then you have the distance and time to your destination, current time and ETA, and finally your current speed plus the limit for the road you are travelling on. It's a busy array of figures, but most other sat-navs provide a mere subset of this. The map itself is clear enough, and spoken directions unambiguous.

Paul M

January 17, 2010, 2:55 am

I bought one of these to replace a stolen Go500, and it's pretty good, the speaker is loud and clear, the display quite high res, and the GPS receiver quite a bit better than the Go500.

I think widescreen/landscape mode is silly, as what you really want is portrait mode so that you see as far ahead as possible. Anyway, you can set the status bar to be vertical instead of horizontal (all TomToms will do this AFAIK) which makes it much better.

I bought mine with a second Arkon mount and that works well in wife's Peugeot 307 whose gently sloping window means it'd be too far away.

One thing I don't like compared with the Go500 is that the former's car mount had a dock connector so you simply plonked the Go on, this IQ XL's port is solely a USB for power so you have to connect the cable and then put it on the mount.

I wouldn't make sufficient use of the tomtom traffic mode to make it worth while, so the lack of bluetooth and live updates on the road aren't an issue, but if I needed it every day I'd ensure I bought one with bluetooth feature for that. I am wondering whether someone at www.opentom.org has found a way to hack it to add one.

Overall I'd say it's good value for money, is very useable, but not ideal for the everyday user unless you don't venture into areas where getting stuck in traffic is a common problem.


September 16, 2010, 6:51 pm

I bought the XL IQ2 at the end of may and did a journey Dublin to Rome, it went, I've done this journey many times, and never needed a GPS, The only reason I purchased it was for the safety cameras, and there WAS a feature called ADD SAFETY CAMERA REPORTS, BUT TOM TOM removed this feature without telling me, when I connect mt tom tom to the computer to update the speed camera, It cost me over 󌍎 to contact them on a premiun line and running to the shop where I bought it. TOM TOM or any other GPS maker can not up date fast enough, and have no local knowledge where police check are. On 1 stretch of road over 200km in Italy there are 16 new cameras, and a host of new spots where the police wait with speed cameras of all sorts. My advice to anyone who buys a XL IQ2 is to email tom tom and complain, if you don't update and lose that feature, you can not update speed cameras. I have had many types of GPS, TOM TOM'S service was terrible and costly.

Nick J

January 18, 2011, 4:37 pm

Can anyone help please? I recently bought a Tomtom XL IQ2, and was keen to use the IQ function. The manual is very basic. How do I use this function?

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