The XL2 also offers Advanced Lane Guidance, where a full-screen graphic pops up at complex motorway interchanges, telling you which lane to be in and providing a realistic depiction of the signposting to look out for. It’s a near-universal feature in premium sat-navs, and useful enough to be a welcome addition at this price level. Speed camera locations are also included, although if you want these to remain up-to-date you will need to pay the subscription of £19.95 a year.
The XL2 also supports TomTom’s Map Corrections system, so you can take note of any areas where your sat-nav’s maps are wrong, particularly speed camera locations. These corrections are then uploaded to TomTom next time you hook the device up to a desktop computer. The release of the XL2 also happens to coincide with the release of some new voices for the spoken commands, including Darth Vader, C3PO, Yoda, and Han Solo, which cost £7.95 each.
Despite the Start2 reducing the cost of TomTom sat-navs that little bit further, the company still hasn’t quite cracked the most value-oriented section of the market. The XL2 is only slightly more expensive, and the extra screen space makes it more comfortable to use. At under £140 for the UK and Ireland version and under £160 for European maps, the XL2 is comparably better value, if you want a bigger screen without paying out for a premium personal navigation device.
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