The Best Basic Sat Navs

If you are a little like me, you love technology but you don’t necessarily understand it that well. My mobile for instance cost me £10 from Asda and it does what it says on the box; it calls people and I can send texts to people. If I want to watch a film I’ll rent a dvd or go to the cinema, I won’t buy a smartphone and watch a movie that was meant to be viewed on a large Imax screen, what’s the point? Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate the pursuit of furthering technology, I just don’t think it applies to me most of the time. So with that off my chest, I went looking for a basic sat nav and believe me, if I could read a map I would not even be entertaining this piece of gadgetry. But read a map I cannot and I find I get hopelessly lost simply driving around an unfamiliar roundabout so it became a necessity, rather than an indulgence. And if you travel a lot for business or leisure then buying an in car sat nav will be a great investment. It will help you find your way using advanced GPS technology, so you can get to places on time and avoid struggling with a road map. An in car GPS system doesn’t have to be expensive either as I have found many great bargains on the net this week so it is a good time for buying. Check out these basic sat navs, geared up for us luddites who just want to get from A to B easily from Halfords

Navman EZY Sat Nav – UK & ROI – was £59.99 now £44.90

Navman EZY – 3.5″ screen with UK & Ireland Mapping – Super-slim, modern, lightweight, touchscreen, 3D Junction Views combined with Navman’s true map technology. The Navman EZY is one of the best navigation devices in its class. The modern, lightweight design and easy QuickStart menu can help you find and navigate to destinations more quickly and reliably than ever. When driving it’s important to make sure you’re in the correct lane to ensure you make the right turn at the right time. Navman EZY Lane Guidance prepares you for your journey ahead by telling you which lane you need to be in, and Junction View on the EZY provides realistic 3D views to ensure that you know where your highway exit is: just incase you miss the signs.

  • Navman 3.5″ UK – Ultra-slim, lightweight design
  • Easy to use software powered by Navman
  • Lane Guidance and 3D Junction View
  • Enhanced motorway exit instructions
  • Built-in mileage reporter
  • Spoken street names (TTS)
  • Trip meter
  • Quickstart Menu
  • Latest map data with Total Refresh latest map guarantee
  • 3.5″ inch screen

Garmin Nuvi 40 Sat Nav – UK & ROI – £78.99

The widescreen Garmin Nuvi 40 in-car sat nav provides the essential navigation features needed for driving around the UK and Ireland. A perfect starting point for any journey, the Garmin Nuvi 40 features a 4.3″ touchscreen & provides accurate, turn-by-turn directions that speak street names. Get Turn-by-Turn Directions with the Nuvi 40’s intuitive interface greets you with two simple choices: ‘Where To?’ and ‘View Map.’ Touch the screen to easily look up addresses and services and to be guided to your destination with voice-prompted, turn-by-turn directions that speak street names.

  • Navigate right out of the box with preloaded maps
  • View routes on the 4.3″ (10.92 cm) touchscreen
  • Look up addresses for over 5 million points of interest
  • Hear spoken street names
  • Know the lane before it’s too late with lane assist with junction view
  • Keep out of trouble with the built-in speed limit indicator

Navman EZY Advanced Sat Nav – UK, ROI & Western Europe – was £89.99 now £69.99

Navman Advanced – 4.3″ widescreen Western European Mapping – Touchscreen, IQ Routes and Traffic Information – Free Subscription for Life. The Navman EZY Advanced has all the features you need to get from A to B in the most convenient way. With IQ Routes & real-time traffic alerts, the Navman EZY Advanced not only provides you with the best routes and but also tells you what’s on the road ahead. The Navman EZY Advanced features built-in traffic information so you’ll avoid traffic delays and road blocks by being told where the problems are before you reach them. IQ Routes uses real-life information collected from millions of drivers to optimise the route that is calculated: giving you the optimal way, any time of day. The Navman EZY Advanced has been designed to make getting to your destination a lot easier. The new Parking Assistance feature automatically shows a list of parking spaces when you are within 1km of your destination, so you don’t have to search for a nearby car park.

  • IQ Routes for optimised routing
  • 3D Junction Views and Lane Guidance never miss an exit
  • LearnMe Pro for a personalised navigation experience
  • QuickStart menu
  • Built-in Traffic information – the car charger has a built-in TMC antenna.
  • Latest map data with Total Refresh latest map guarantee
  • Pre-loaded safety camera data free trial
  • Spoken street names (TTS)
  • Keyword Search
  • QuickSpell keyboard
  • Road Speed limit information
  • Truck Mode – navigation optimised for truck drivers – free trial** (Version 11.3 maps or newer required).

TomTom XL2 IQ Sat Nav – UK & ROI – was £99.99 now £89.97

Tom Tom IQ XL2 with advanced technology features including IQ routes, Advanced Lane Guidance and an extra widescreen. Your TomTom IQ XL UK & ROI Sat Nav allows you to enjoy stress free driving with Advanced Lane Guidance and Latest Map guarantee. The Tom Tom IQ XL allows you to save time and money with IQ routes, also with great safety features such as where am I and safety camera updates you can sit back and enjoy a true navigation experience. The simplified menu helps you get going without any hassle. Get the fastest route any time of day with IQ Routes. Your Tom Tom IQ XL2 features IQ Routes, which can help to navigate you to your destination in 35% faster. The IQ XL features IQ routes technology that calculates each journey on the historic travel time of every road for everyday of the week. So what does this mean for you? This means your XL2 IQ Sat Nav will suggest the smartest route according to the both the distance and time of day to ensure you miss all the hotspots.

  • IQ Routes technology
  • Advanced lane guidance
  • NEW – Simplified menu
  • NEW – Spoken street names – know you’re turning into the right street
  • XL 4.3″ widescreen
  • Pre-installed maps of your region
  • TomTom Map Share technology
  • EasyPort mount
  • Help Me! Menu

Garmin Nuvi 50 Sat Nav – UK & ROI – was £109.99 now £88.99

The widescreen Garmin Nuvi 50 in-car sat nav provides the essential navigation features needed for driving around the UK and Ireland. The compact Garmin Nuvi 50 in-car sat nav provides the essential navigation features needed for driving around the UK and Ireland. It comes with UK & ROI mapping . The Nuvi 50’s speed limit indicator shows you how fast you can go on most major roads. With its ‘Where Am I?’ emergency locator, you always know your location. A perfect starting point for any journey, the Garmin Nuvi 50 features a 5″ touchscreen & provides accurate, turn-by-turn directions that speak street names. Get Turn-by-Turn Directions with the Nuvi 50’s intuitive interface greets you with two simple choices: ‘Where To?’ and ‘View Map.’ Touch the screen to easily look up addresses and services and to be guided to your destination with voice-prompted, turn-by-turn directions that speak street names.

  • Navigate right out of the box with preloaded maps
  • View routes on the 5″ touchscreen
  • Look up addresses for over 5 million points of interest
  • Hear spoken street names
  • Know the lane before it’s too late with lane assist with junction view
  • Keep out of trouble with the built-in speed limit indicator
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