The general navigational experience is classic TomTom. The map shows your route as a red line, with the bottom of the screen taken up by a bar of information including current speed and speed limit, details of your next turning, and ETA plus remaining journey time. TomTom has also included widgets, once only available in its premium models. Advanced Lane Guidance is present, providing full-screen graphics at some junctions showing the carriageways to be in and signposts to look out for, and helpful schematics in the bottom bar at other junctions.
Spoken commands include full street names, helping you navigate without looking at the sat-nav screen. As you approach your destination, the Parking Assist function will ask if you want to find a nearby car park, allowing you to call up a list from the POI database and switch navigation to one of them. This broadly parallels the Clever Parking facility provided by Navigon in devices such as the Navigon 40 Premium.
TomTom’s Start 20 still isn’t the most keenly priced sat-nav on the market. But street prices for the UK-only model have already fallen below £100, with the European version £10-20 more expensive. Whilst you can get Mio’s 5in Spirit 685 for the same as this, with RDS-TMC traffic already enabled, the latter lacks full UK postcode entry, which can be extremely useful. So the Start 20 isn’t the absolute pinnacle of sat-nav value, but it does bring yet more of TomTom’s premium features down to an even more affordable level.
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