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TomTom XL IQ Routes Edition 2 Sat-Nav - Lane Guidance, Map Corrections & Verdict

By James Morris

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

8

The XL2 also offers Advanced Lane Guidance, where a full-screen graphic pops up at complex motorway interchanges, telling you which lane to be in and providing a realistic depiction of the signposting to look out for. It's a near-universal feature in premium sat-navs, and useful enough to be a welcome addition at this price level. Speed camera locations are also included, although if you want these to remain up-to-date you will need to pay the subscription of £19.95 a year.

The XL2 also supports TomTom's Map Corrections system, so you can take note of any areas where your sat-nav's maps are wrong, particularly speed camera locations. These corrections are then uploaded to TomTom next time you hook the device up to a desktop computer. The release of the XL2 also happens to coincide with the release of some new voices for the spoken commands, including Darth Vader, C3PO, Yoda, and Han Solo, which cost £7.95 each.

Verdict

Despite the Start2 reducing the cost of TomTom sat-navs that little bit further, the company still hasn't quite cracked the most value-oriented section of the market. The XL2 is only slightly more expensive, and the extra screen space makes it more comfortable to use. At under £140 for the UK and Ireland version and under £160 for European maps, the XL2 is comparably better value, if you want a bigger screen without paying out for a premium personal navigation device.

Overall Score

8

Scores In Detail

  • Design 7
  • Features 8
  • Value 9

awaybye

October 31, 2010, 5:03 pm

would not recommend tomtom xl iq routes ed2,gets lost to many times and confused where and what its doing takes longest route what ever settings and not readable in sun light wife as to put it on her lap to shade it. Had navman for three years before tomtom no complaints what so ever never get lost or confused sound a little low.

europose

June 24, 2011, 8:22 pm

tomtom XL2 seems a nice piece of equipment, i bought it to replace my tomtom1 which was four yrs old and the sound was faltering.
XL2 was easy to set up, though i was a bit dubious about the free safety camera appllication.
I down loaded the safety cams and went to work that night, i drove the A68 rout from consett to Edinburgh and the tomtom only picked up about half the speed cams, this made me nervous so i made my return journey VIA the A1 Berwick road, tomtom XL picked up most of the cams but mised a few and i was zapped buy the one at turston power station, it flashed straight in my face , thank you tomtom.
what a load of crap,

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