Garmin nüvi 865T full review

The Nüvi 865T sits at the top of Garmin’s range. At £399 it’s not cheap, but it comes with a TMC antenna and support for voice dialling and navigation via Bluetooth connectivity.

Route calculation was swift, as was recalculation when we deviated. We were given around 30 secs visual and audible warning of a junction, along with clear onscreen information about which lane we needed to be in.

Garmin lets you customise the display, from the style of map and the marker that identifies your vehicle to the brightness of the screen. Points of interest (POIs) can be switched on or off and it’s possible to search POIs nearby. A ‘Where am I?’ function displays the co-ordinates of your current location, along with the nearest hospitals, petrol stations and junction.

One of the biggest draws of the Nüvi 865T over the other 765T is voice control. To use it you must attach a module to the steering wheel. By saying “Where to” and a place name, we were able to input a route. The device understood our voice and displayed several options for our destination. It isn’t sensitive enough to work when you have the radio or music playing, however.

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