Features and benefits of Garmin and TomTom sat navs

With the help of a sat nav, you can take the stress out of journeys. You don’t need to fret about wrong turns or getting lost and can rely on your handy device to get you safely to your destination.

However, many modern sat navs offer so much more than navigation, and Garmin and TomTom’s new ranges are packed with market-leading features and benefits. Want to find out more? Here’s everything you need to know.

Built to last

When you buy a Garmin or TomTom sat nav, you can be confident you’re getting a market-leading product. Each of their devices is designed with cutting-edge technology and is built to last.

Whether you’re a commuter or drive a campervan, their ranges cater for everyone, and you’re sure to find the perfect option for your needs. But that’s not all! More than just a navigational device, each is packed with lots of features from enhanced alerts to in-car entertainment.

Here’s just a few of the features you’ll find in Garmin and TomTom’s ranges of sat navs.


Up-to-date European maps - When you’re out on the road, you want dependable navigation. Our roads are constantly changing, so you need a device that is always up to date. That’s why many of Garmin’s options like the Garmin Drivesmart 66 and Garmin Drive 52 EU benefit from European map updates. Completely free of charge, these updates will ensure you always have up-to-date maps so you can effortlessly navigate around road closures and find the easiest route.

Easy-to-use displays - From the 5-inch Garmin Drive 52 EU to the 6.95-inch Garmin CamperVan EU MT-S, every sat nav benefits from a large screen. These high-quality displays make it easier to follow on-screen navigation while operating the sat navs is easier than ever before thanks to larger buttons.

Avoid traffic - Simply pair your device with the Garmin Drive app on a compatible smartphone and you’ll gain access to live traffic updates. And that’s not all! The app also provides other useful information including fuel prices, weather updates and traffic camera notifications. The app is compatible with most Garmin sat navs including the Garmin DriveSmart 66 and Garmin CamperVan EU MT-S.

Turn journeys into adventures - Not all journeys are simply about getting from A to B. With the help of a Garmin sat nav, you can easily turn a journey into an adventure. Throughout the range, you’ll find road trip-ready features including:

  • TripAdvisor traveller ratings – Featured on every sat nav within the range, find the best places to visit on your journey with TripAdvisor traveller ratings.
  • Up Ahead feature - The Garmin Drive 52 EU benefits from the Up Ahead feature which shows upcoming places to eat and refuel.
  • Trendy Places - Those travelling in a campervan can take advantage of the Garmin CamperVan EU MT-S’s impressive functionality. Not only does it benefit from a preloaded directory of motorhome campsites and stopovers, but the Trendy Places feature recommends the best stops along your route. So, you can spend more time exploring and less time planning.

Encourage safer driving - Road safety is of paramount importance, and that’s why Garmin devices provide a range of driver alerts. For the Garmin DriveSmart 52 EU and Garmin DriveSmart 66 sat navs, this includes helpful alerts for safety cameras, schools, and speed changes. You can also get traffic camera notifications by pairing the devices to the Garmin Drive app.

In-car entertainment - Why settle for a sat nav that only provides navigation when you can get one that provides in-car entertainment too? With Alexa built in, the Garmin DriveSmart 66 Sat Nav with Alexa allows you to play music, audiobooks and much more, all with your hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.


Most accurate world maps - Impressively, the TomTom Go Expert 7" and TomTom Go Discover 5" feature the most up-to-date and accurate world maps in the market. These can be updated wirelessly and at no extra cost. So, no matter where you’re travelling, you can always be confident you’ll get to your destination with ease.

Larger screens - Every sat nav is designed to be interactive and to have an easy-to-use interface. This ease of use is enhanced by larger screen sizes including the 5-inch TomTom GO Discover 5" and 6-inch TomTom GO Classic 6". There is even the TomTom Go Expert 7" which has a 7" screen and is specially designed for HGVs.

Live traffic updates - We all want to avoid traffic. There’s nothing worse than being stuck bumper to bumper in a jam. That’s why the TomTom GO Expert 7", TomTom GO Classic 6" and TomTom GO Discover 5" all provide traffic updates to help you avoid congestion and get to your destination faster.

Track fuel prices - With the TomTom GO Discover 5", you benefit from a year of live fuel pricing information. Updated straight to your sat nav, it’ll help you find the cheapest prices and the best service stations along your route.

Find parking spots - Taking the stress out of finding a parking spot, the TomTom GO Discover 5" also features a year of free parking updates. It’ll notify you of availability for car parks near your destination, sparing your time and effort.

HGV-specific sat nav - The TomTom GO Expert 7" is specially designed for HGVs. Helping you navigate around inaccessible roads for larger vehicles, you can input your vehicle’s height, weight and length to find suitable routes. So, you won’t need to worry about getting stuck under a low bridge.

Garmin’s new range of sat navs

Garmin Drive 52 EU - A road trip-ready sat nav, the Garmin Drive 52 EU benefits from regular map updates of Europe and a range of features including Garmin Real Directions and driver alerts to encourage safer driving.

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Garmin DriveSmart 66 - Simplify your drive with the Garmin DriveSmart 66. Benefitting from Garmin voice assist, you can easily find and navigate to your destination without having to take your hands off the steering wheel.

Shop the Garmin DriveSmart 66 Sat Nav

Garmin DriveSmart 66 with Alexa built in - Enhance your journey with the help of Alexa. With Alexa built in, the DriveSmart 66 allows you to play music, listen to audio books, hear the news, plus much more.

Shop the Garmin DriveSmart 66 with Alexa built-in Sat Nav

Garmin CamperVan EU MT-S - Designed for adventurous journeys in smaller vans, the Garmin CamperVan EU MT-S suggests points of interest on your journey through multiple features including Trendy Places, Local Spots, TripAdvisor traveller ratings, and much more.

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TomTom's range of sat navs

TomTom Go Classic 6" - Save time and dodge traffic with the help of the TomTom Go Classic 6”. Using accurate traffic information in real time, the sat nav intelligently plans routes using the latest information.

Shop the TomTom Go Classic range

TomTom Go Discover 5" - Benefitting from TomTom Traffic updates, accurate world maps and an enhanced 5” display with exceptional picture clarity, the TomTom Go Discover 5” is the reliable solution for navigating ever-changing roads and traffic.

Shop the TomTom Go Discover range

TomTom Go Expert 7" - For those who drive HGVs, there is no better option than the TomTom Go Expert 7”. It provides the most up-to-date maps for HGV vehicles and will help you avoid roads, tunnels or bridges that aren’t suitable for your vehicle.

Shop the TomTom Go Expert range

With a Garmin or TomTom sat nav, you’ll find the perfect solution to all your navigational needs. To explore the full ranges, head over to Halfords.com.

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