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TomTom XL LIVE IQ Routes Edition Sat-Nav - TomTom XL LIVE IQ Routes Edition

By James Morris


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The remaining features of LIVE also revolve around the built-in mobile data link. The Fuel Prices system links into the petrol station category of the Points of Interest database, allowing you not only to find convenient pumps, but also the cheapest ones. These can be nearby, on your route, or at any location you choose. The prices are regularly updated for each fuel type, and we have found them generally accurate.

LIVE also incorporates Google Local Search. This provides access to a much larger database of Points of Interest than is stored locally on the device, and also goes far beyond the usual categories. So you will be able to find things like dog rescue centres and racing tracks by name and approximate location alone, without needing the full address. The mobile data link is also used to download the very latest safety camera locations and weather forecast information for any destination, including Europe.

However, although the XL LIVE is cheaper than any current GO LIVE, or indeed any member of the GO range, the LIVE services cost exactly the same. So you get a three month trial in the box, but after that prices start at £7.99 a month. This does also include safety camera updates, but it will be a mere two years before the subscription costs equal that of the unit. As undeniably good as LIVE is, therefore, you still need to be a frequent traveller to justify the extra expense.

On a more prosaic level, the XL LIVE is currently only available with full European maps for 42 countries. But this is also the first UK LIVE device to be offered with HD Traffic functionality beyond the UK, although this still only covers Germany, France, Switzerland and the Netherlands. This feature will be rolled out to the GO LIVE range before the end of 2009.

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July 7, 2009, 5:25 pm

just bout a tomtom one iq mainly based on your review. i blame you for much of the fortune i spend on tech! ;-)

James Morris

July 10, 2009, 11:30 pm

I'm most honoured to deserve that blame! Hope you like the TomTom.


July 12, 2009, 1:53 pm

Had one of these for over a week now, initially worked great but suddenly the system kept rebooting. Now the HD traffic comes up with TomTom server error unable to establish a connection. All updates have been done and rest numerous times without avail. Looks like it’s heading back to the manufacturer as faulty. During the period it was working it was great, just unlucky… who knows, time will tell.

James Morris

July 13, 2009, 6:18 pm

@tonyk Sorry to hear that. I think it must be a faulty unit, as I've had a number of HD Traffic-enabled TomToms over the last six months and, whilst they've occasionally taken longer than expected to download traffic updates from the server (usually during rubbish weather), the problem has always fixed itself after a few minutes.


August 29, 2009, 5:21 pm

It seems that the price of the TomTom GO 540 LIVE has dropped so that it is almost the same as the XL LIVE.

Given that the 540 has the voice commands and bluetooth, I wonder whether it might be a better buy now.

On the other hand, the 540 doesn't seem to have the Active Lane Guidance, which I think I would find very useful.

Not sure whether I would use the LIVE service after the trial period, but I think I might and would like to keep the option.

Just wondered if anybody had any thoughts on this.



November 28, 2009, 4:57 pm

All right we know TomTom can make the actual Satnav unit. When will they create an updated version of TonTom Home for Mac Snow Leopard


September 14, 2011, 1:11 pm

This model is beyond a joke, I upgraded from a 520 XL to this model thinking that Tomtom had finally got a traffic update system that worked - yes I actually believed the Radio adverts... Big mistake. I was continually driving home along the M11 to join the M25 only to find the junction closed due to the roadworks that was widening the M25 to 4 lanes, after the first night it was actually displayed on the big traffic report screens so I was able to divert my route - it was NEVER reported via the HQ live system - I even sent Tomtom UK an email telling them and the fault still remains. Their adverts tell you that you can avoid the traffic before you are in it - believe at your peril....

Processor is so slow that by the time it works out your route, it has to replan again due to you having moved so far from your original location. My old 520 Xl which I still have knocks spots of this one, it even has an MP3 player which this updated version does not. If it was for the dodgy windscreen mount I'd go back to using it again, as it is I have bought a Tomtom Go from a buddy and use this - this processor is so much faster and it just works so much better...

I have to be honest and say the only things I like about it are the windscreen mount and the speed it gets a signal - havent told the wife yet as I know she will blow a fuse as she bought it as a birthday present at great cost.

Why do you have to buy your own case for the Sat-nav when you've just paid £200 for it....If ebay can sell cases for less than £5 then why cannot Tomtom supply you with one like they used to when the early 300,500,700 & 900 models came out..

I have always used Tomtoms, sadly now due to this escapde I have 3 of which I use the oldest - the Tomtom Go, this has resulted in me having to create a Hotmail account as you can only register 1 device to 1 email address - what is that all about.....

I have never found a better excuse to buy a Garmin and that is saying something from someone who has bought Tomtom since they first started up.....

Very Disappointed

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