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As some of us have had to shelve our holidays to sunny resorts abroad and opt for staycations this year, one obstacle is getting there without arguing over the route.

Some modern cars are fitted with an in-built sat nav, but others don’t have that luxury, and are in need of a little helping hand to help them get from A to B safely.

Though some may prefer a trusted paper map or A to Z to get them to their destination, others rely on a sat nav, and there is one particular that has proved to be a hit with shoppers – TomTom Car Sat Nav Start 52.

Why we rate it

TomTom Car Sat Nav Start 52 is a compact device that helps to navigate you to your desired location, whether that is in the UK or Western Europe.

The device has free Western EU map updates to ensure you are not thrown off by any road changes.

It also boasts a resistive touchscreen to provide quick and clear directions on your journey.

This model also features advanced lane guidance to highlight the correct lane to be in, as well as a warning feature when you are approaching a speed camera, although this will expire after three months.

The TomTom comes with a USB cable, as well as a car charger and Easyport Mount to help you secure it to your dashboard.

What the reviews say

With over 2,000 reviews, some have praised the car equipment for making their journey “easy”.

Here’s what the reviews say:

  • “Great product, easy to set up and use. I bought this as a treat for passing my test and it’s helped me get around so much! Haven’t had any issues with it, settings make it easy to customise routes as I’m not confident with motorways yet so have been the routes around that. Also finding routes with petrol stops is very handy and the free few months of speed camera checks is also helpful.”

  • “Typical TomTom navigation done in my opinion, better than the rest. I’ve tried other navigation devices but find them less intuitive than TomTom. The navigation is accurate and quick to get the initial satellite lock. Traffic information is helpful with a guide at the side of the screen giving a visual clue as to how far ahead any problems lurk.”

  • “I have not had any problems with it, I updated the satnav as soon I got it, I had to register the device then plug it into a computer or laptop for the update. It’s easy to use and I’m using it on a motorbike.”

  • “I’ve never had a Sat Nav before so didn’t know what to expect and I’m not a techy but this is fairly easy to set up and use.”

  • “I had a site visit to a customer site, in the middle of farmland and with this satnav I got to the destination. Colour maps are detailed and road directions are quickly announced. Speed camera beeps sound well before speed camera arrives to warn you in good time to slow down. Cannot fault this device.”

TomTom Car Sat Nav Start 52