- Sub-£100 price for UK version
- Spoken street names
- Full UK post code entry
- No trafficTrends route calculation
- No full-screen junction graphic
- Traffic option adds a lot to the price
- Review Price: £85.00
- 3.5in non-widescreen
- UK and Ireland maps
- RDS-TMC ready
- Ful UK post code entry
- Cyclops speed camera locations
Nowadays, just over £100 can buy you a 5in widescreen sat-nav, such as https://www.trustedreviews.com/Mio-Spirit-685-EU_GPS—Sat-Nav_review Mio’s Spirit 685. But if your budget is even less than that, you will still be looking at a device with a 3.5in non-widescreen, and just UK and Ireland mapping. Garmin’s nuvi 2240 can now be had for £85 with UK maps, although the European version will set you back £25 more. Build quality is up to Garmin’s usual standards, but the range of features does not cover all of the company’s latest widgets.
The main menu is the familiar Garmin arrangement of two large icons and a small array of lesser ones. Garmin’s menu has been quite easy for newcomers to get to grips with for some years. A single Where To? icon takes you to a familiar submenu of options, where you can enter an address or search for a Point of Interest (POI). You can set up a single Home address and a list of favourites, browse destinations recently found, and even head for a set of longitude and latitude coordinates.
One important thing Mio’s budget 5in Spirit 685 doesn’t offer is full UK postcode search, but the nuvi 2240 does. This can be a particularly quick way of entering a destination, so it’s great to see the facility here. There’s also a Trip Planner, allowing you to create a multi-waypoint journey. Although you can search for a keyword across the address and POI databases, unlike Mio’s Spirit devices these are separate searches, not combined. Nevertheless, apart from the lack of any live services, Garmin’s nuvi 2240 offers the same solid set of destination-finding tools as its higher-end devices.
We weren’t expecting to find this feature on a sat-nav below £100, but we’re still sad that Garmin’s class-leading voice control system is not present in the nuvi 2240. Routing is also the traditional calculation based on a nominal speed for different classes of road, rather than the actual statistical average speed for specific roads based on traffic data recordings. Garmin has mirrored TomTom’s IQ Routes with its trafficTrends, which is available in its latest higher-end devices, but it’s not included here.
You do still get Garmin’s ecoRoute option, which helps you minimise your fuel usage. First, you set up the manufacturer’s stated urban and extra-urban petrol consumption figures for your vehicle. However, you can now update actual miles driven versus fuel used to provide a more accurate picture. Once you’ve set up ecoRoute, you can click an icon in the map screen to see how economically you have been driving today. Or if you’re Jeremy Clarkson you could try and damage the environment as much as you can. Most importantly, it then becomes possible to choose the most fuel-efficient route, rather than just the fastest or shortest.
The nuvi 2240 also includes Garmin’s myTrends, which optimises the routes you take between locations stored in your favourites menu. As you travel between two points repeatedly, myTrends takes note of the routes you take and how they affect your journey time. So if you find some good shortcuts during your daily commute these will be suggested next time you calculate that route. In theory, this sounds like a great idea, and similar provisions are offered by Navigon and TomTom. But it’s hard to assess such a system without months of comparative testing, which is beyond the scope of this article. We have seen some improvements in routing in devices offering similar technology, however. The nuvi 2240 is also traffic-ready, although the GTM35 RDS-TMC receiver required will set you back an extra £49.99, which will make a more premium device that comes with this as standard a more cost-effective option.
During driving, the nuvi 2240 provides a clear map, and the verbal instructions include spoken street names. The occasional stutters in map updates we’ve noted many times before still occur, but they don’t really impede navigation. The lane assistance at junctions isn’t backed up by full-screen graphics at major motorway interchanges, a useful but not essential feature. Speed camera locations are included, and these come from Garmin’s Cyclops system, which is kept up-to-date on a daily basis and incorporates information from Garmin’s live-enabled devices. However, to benefit from this you will need to hook the device up to your PC via the myGarmin software on a regular basis. It’s also possible to record any discrepancies in speed limit information, again uploading these to Garmin when you connect the device to a PC.
The 2240 naturally has a pedestrian mode, with top-down 2D menus. It also supports cityXplorer maps, although none are included as standard. These provide pedestrian routing which takes into account public transport, suggesting the nearest tube stations to your start and finish points, and which lines to take in between, as well as short cuts through parks, but the maps cost £8.99 per city. Note that there was a special offer on at the time of wrting, offering a free cityXplorer map when you register a new Garmin sat-nav device.
You get a selection of supplementary tools as well, which will mostly be useful when travelling abroad. You can upload images and look at them via the Picture Viewer, with a slideshow function available. There’s a World Clock capable of showing three timezones simultaneously, a Calculator, and a Unit Converter for Distance, Speed, Area, Currency, Temperature, Volume, and Weight. There’s even a 30-day trial of a Language Guide, the information for which comes from the Oxford University Press. This includes a selection of translations of useful phrases for various situations, into Spanish, German, French, Italian and Portuguese. So if you’re having trouble making yourself understood, maybe your sat-nav will have better luck.
The pressure is on at the budget end of the sat-nav market, particularly from Mio, and it’s no surprise that Garmin has acquired Navigon, considering the latter’s ability to create great-value devices such as the 20 Easy
. But the nuvi 2240 is still a solid budget choice, which maintains the core features that make Garmin sat-navs so generally dependable. The UK version is the best deal, as the European option’s extra £25 makes Navigon’s 20 Plus
or Mio’s frequently aforementioned Spirit 685 better value options overall.
Score in detail
|Screen Size (inches) (Inch)
||Spoken street names, myTrends routing, ecoRoute, Cyclops speed cameras
|Battery life (Hour)
||Up to 3hr
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