Car Clinic: What's the best portable sat nav device?

Car Clinic: What's the best portable sat nav device for a campervan road trip?

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Car Clinic: What's the best portable sat nav device?

Q. My boyfriend and I plan to travel around the UK this summer in our campervan. To avoid squabbles, we need a (reasonably priced) portable sat nav. Any pointers?

EB, London


A. TomTom and Garmin are the leading brands, and basic models start at about £50 (click the links to see versions for sale at

After that, the cost depends on the number of features you want. Look for at least a 4in screen and, if you plan to go abroad at some stage in the future, make sure lifetime maps are included — it’ll be cheaper to do that now. Some devices monitor live traffic reports. Other extras include Bluetooth connection and speed camera alerts, as well as information on fuel economy, average speed and so on.

Additional note from If you can afford the mobile data required and aren’t travelling to places with data black spots, there are also smartphone apps to consider, including built-in navigation services such as Google Maps and third-party apps such as Waze,  a community-based traffic and navigation service in which drivers share real-time traffic and road info.


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