While many car manufacturers are still struggling to produce factory fitted navigation systems that can rival the after market options, Jaguar has one of the best around. It’s clear that the in-car technology team at Jaguar has listened to what sat-nav users have been asking for, because, live traffic data aside, this system has just about everything that you’d want.
The heart of the navigation system, and everything infotainment focussed in fact, is the 7in colour screen mounted in the centre console. This is a touch-screen display, so entering destination details is as simple as it should be – there’s no joystick wiggling or dial twisting as seen in many other factory fit sat-nav systems.
The other regular failing of factory fitted navigation systems is a lack of full seven-digit postcode support, but Jaguar hasn’t fallen at this hurdle either. This means that you should be able to get within a few metres of where you want to be, armed with nothing more than the postcode.
You can configure the system to present you with three alternate routes to your destination. This generally consists of the fastest route, the shortest route and a third option that’s simply different from the other two.
There’s a decent Points of Interest database, which includes everything from hotels, to petrol stations, to tourist attractions, to Jaguar dealers. However, you’re not going to be able to update the POI list, as you can with some aftermarket systems. Hopefully we’ll start to see factory fitted sat-navs that the user can update via USB or memory card soon.
There’s basic TMC traffic data on hand, which will give you some idea of which areas to avoid on your route. But this lags behind the Live service that TomTom now offers, where traffic black spots and even speed camera locations are being constantly updated over the air. Considering the prevalence of mobile data services these days, I’d hope that car manufacturers are looking to integrate this kind of service, perhaps along with email and basic web browsing, into their future models.
Voice instructions are both clear and timely, so you shouldn’t miss that turning even when travelling at the sort of speeds that the XKR is capable of. You also get an in-dash display that gives you fair warning of what’s coming up, and unlike other systems I’ve used, it only displays navigation data when there’s an action coming up and will revert back to the clock when there isn’t.