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TomTom XL IQ Routes Edition Europe 42 - TomTom One XL Europe IQ Routes Edition

By James Morris

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TomTom XL IQ Routes Edition Europe 42

Summary

Our Score:

9

Although there is no traffic option as standard, you can add a RDS-TMC receiver as an optional extra for £48.93. You can also gain access to TomTom's excellent HD Traffic system if you use the TomTom's online Route Planner to calculate your route. This will then take into account the current traffic situation. However, although you can send starting point and destination to your XL via the TomTom HOME software, you can't transfer the entire route.

As with previous TomTom Ones and XLs, the screen mount is attached to the unit itself. It's much more compact than most mounting systems, and TomTom calls it the EasyPort in reference to the greater convenience it provides to carry the unit from car to car. On the downside, removing the stand from the device to leave it installed on the windscreen of an unattended car is a little clunky, and reattachment needs a bit of care too.

Verdict

Although the One and XL are still TomTom's budget models, the new IQ Routes Editions slot in above the original versions - the latter remain available as the Classic versions, but only with one region, not full European maps. As such, you will pay £10-20 more for the new features of the IQ Routes Edition.

This still makes the new XL significantly cheaper than the GO. But it's far from a budget model, when you can get Navigon's 1210 with full European maps for almost half the price. Nevertheless, thanks to IQ Routes you won't need to second guess navigation suggestions so much. This makes the TomTom XL IQ Routes Edition a good compromise between budget and premium for those who do a fair bit of driving, but not enough to warrant the expense of the x40 LIVE model.

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.

Dona

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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