TomTom XL IQ Routes Edition 2 Sat-Nav

TomTom XL IQ Routes Edition 2 Sat-Nav Review

To begin with, the TomTom One Sat-Nav is fast disappearing from the shops now. Indeed, its replacement is this TomTom XL IQ Routes Edition 2 Sat-Nav range. But how does it perform? Well, obviously this model is the entry-level now for TomTom.
TomTom XL IQ Routes Edition 2 Sat-Nav Review 2 - menu
With this in mind, everything about the unit is pretty basic. However, for most people this really is all you need. Obviously this Sat-Nav will not have cup of tea ready for you upon arriving at your destination. Then again, which Sat-Nav does?

Firstly, when you open the box you will see five items in it:

01 – TomTom XL IQ Routes Edition 2 Sat-Nav.
02 – The mount.
03 – USB charger
04 – Car charger
05 – The documentation

In Operation

The Sat-Nav looks very smart and it is very easy to attach to the windscreen, using a sucker of course. However, if you are attaching and detaching regularly, the unit can easily detach itself from the mount. When this happens, the best way to hook it back up is to take the sucker from the windscreen. Then click the unit back in place and reattach the unit to the windscreen again.

The operating menu is straightforward so there is no need to explain this. However, when programming the unit, you will need an address or at least a post code. This is because there is no search facility available. But there is the option to search for local points of interest.

The price of the basic model includes maps for the UK obviously but also has the Ireland maps too. Indeed, it looks reasonably smart with its 4.3 inch widescreen display. The sat-nav also has the ability to tell you where the speed cameras are. Further voices are available as an extra, so are European maps too.

The Cons

Finally, being a basic and simple sat-nav, we found this an easy unit to operate and we like it. However, there is a downside to this unit. On every occasion when the sat-nav was in a hot car, the unit would go off. Indeed, on some occasions it would go off in a cool car but in full view of the sun. This of course is not nice when you are in a hurry. The unit does come back on again once it has cooled down. But this can take a few minutes.

Obviously, we may have a faulty unit you may say. However, this didn’t only affect our TomTom XL IQ Routes Edition 2 Sat-Nav. Indeed, we found someone with the same model that done exactly the same. Because of this overheating issue, we couldn’t recommend this model except if you understand the problem we encountered.

TomTom XL IQ Routes Edition 2 Sat-Nav

£139.95
8.2

Performance

5.0/10

Build quality

9.0/10

Good looks

9.5/10

Features

8.5/10

User friendly

9.0/10

Pros

  • Nice design
  • Menu is easy to operate
  • Good map layout including 3D
  • UK and Ireland maps
  • Various voices included

Cons

  • Overheats in the sun
  • Connecting the USB can be fidgety
  • A little on the small size
  • Search fascility for local POI only
  • Expensive compared to other similar sat-navs
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