TomTom XL IQ Routes Edition review

Combining navigational skills with road statistics, TomTom’s latest sat navs come with IQ Routes, a useful feature that was previously available only on the company’s high-end Go models. By measuring your fastest route based on actual road speeds at a specific time of day, rather than speed limits, this device should get you to your destination on time.

We instructed the TomTom to take us on a journey we already knew well. Off-peak, we knew in advance, the motorway is quickest. But, come 5pm, this ‘fast’ route is jammed with motorists unaware of the peaceful dual carriageway that runs parallel to it. Did the TomTom know about it? Of course it did.

Also new to the XL IQ Routes Edition is a revamped user interface, maps of 42 European countries and Advanced Lane Guidance, a feature that provides a 3D visual representation to make sure you’re where you should be at complicated junctions.

The TomTom can also direct you to the nearest petrol station, mechanic or police station.

OUR VERDICT

The XL doesn’t feature Bluetooth, multimedia features or a built-in TMC receiver (a £48 optional extra). The latter is perhaps the greatest shame, since combining real-time data with average road speeds could take IQ Routes to another level.

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