The main new feature within the menu is the route planning facility My Routes. When you set up a route via the Search system, you can add stops along the way via Current Route, and then go in and reorder the waypoints. The latter process involves touching the points along the route in the order that you want to travel to them. It's a very visual process, and some might have preferred a list-based option as well, for the times when some of the waypoints are so close they overlap, although you can of course reposition the map and zoom.
Once you have created a multi-waypoint route, the Current Route section lets you add it to My Routes, where it is saved in the list. You can then recall it for use later. You can also create a start point that isn't your current location. So if you're planning a road trip, you can use the GO 5000 to figure out how much driving will be involved, or whether you have time for a detour. This is nothing new for a sat-nav, but TomTom's implementation has most of the features you would want, and is quite easy to use.
Another new main menu icon allows you to report speed cameras if you come across them during your journey, although it doesn't let you indicate that a speed camera on the map is no longer there. There are now audio warnings when you are speeding. You can now add premium voice packs as well – hardly essential, but fun. So you can make the new sat-navs sound like Yoda or Homer Simpson, should you so desire.
The general navigational experience follows the same strategy as the menu, taking a 'less is more' approach. The bottom illustrates your current road, with the top showing the direction of your next turning and the road name or junction label to look out for. A smaller arrow shows the next turning after that. You can now pinch to zoom in 3D view, and re-routing has allegedly been improved, although we didn't have any problems with this in the previous iteration.
The maps include 3D landmarks, a facility we have not generally found essential. TomTom's version does include a few more buildings than just major landmarks, and there might be an occasion where this helps navigation. There isn't a noticeable performance hit when 3D models are onscreen, either. But this still isn't a feature that would swing your purchasing decision. It should be underlined here that the new features we are describing for the 5000 will also be available with the other devices in the range after a free software update has been applied.
The GO 5000 is set to be TomTom's mainstream premium sat-nav. Where the GO 6000 could be a little big for some dashboards, the 5000 has more manageable proportions and is £40 cheaper. With the excellent TomTom Traffic as standard, this is a great sat-nav for the frequent traveller, or indeed anyone wanting to avoid gridlock during their car journeys. There are sat-navs out there with longer feature lists, but the TomTom GO 5000 has the ones that matter for most travellers.
The TomTom GO 5000 combines solid navigation with a lifetime subscriptions to the company's capable Traffic service, in a reasonably priced 5-inch package. If you're on the roads a lot, we heartily recommend it.