Although there is no traffic option as standard, you can add a RDS-TMC receiver as an optional extra for £48.93. You can also gain access to TomTom’s excellent HD Traffic system if you use the TomTom’s online Route Planner to calculate your route. This will then take into account the current traffic situation. However, although you can send starting point and destination to your XL via the TomTom HOME software, you can’t transfer the entire route.
As with previous TomTom Ones and XLs, the screen mount is attached to the unit itself. It’s much more compact than most mounting systems, and TomTom calls it the EasyPort in reference to the greater convenience it provides to carry the unit from car to car. On the downside, removing the stand from the device to leave it installed on the windscreen of an unattended car is a little clunky, and reattachment needs a bit of care too.
Although the One and XL are still TomTom’s budget models, the new IQ Routes Editions slot in above the original versions – the latter remain available as the Classic versions, but only with one region, not full European maps. As such, you will pay £10-20 more for the new features of the IQ Routes Edition.
This still makes the new XL significantly cheaper than the GO. But it’s far from a budget model, when you can get Navigon’s 1210 with full European maps for almost half the price. Nevertheless, thanks to IQ Routes you won’t need to second guess navigation suggestions so much. This makes the TomTom XL IQ Routes Edition a good compromise between budget and premium for those who do a fair bit of driving, but not enough to warrant the expense of the x40 LIVE model.
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