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TomTom Start 60 review

Sat nav gets a bigger screen but reasonable price

Our Verdict

For

  • Accurate navigation
  • Clear 6-inch display
  • Best satnav voice
  • European coverage
  • Daily map updates

Against

  • Fiddly mounting system
  • Too many alerts by default

Probably the most impressive aspect of the TomTom Start 60 Europe is the accuracy of the predicted time of arrival. This is thanks largely to data collected from TomTom's own IQ Routes technology - you'll get an indication of how much delay is involved on a given route at the set time of day, and you can adjust your route to ease or improve this. Even on a two-hour journey we hit the original arrival time to the minute, despite traffic queues, traffic lights and the like.

Interacting with the interface is straightforward, too. Tap the centre panel of the display, and you can quickly change the volume level or mute it entirely, which can be useful if you've got little ones about to nod off, or you know the route well enough to not need audio cues. It's worth noting though that the volume is linked to your speed by default as well, which means it gets a little louder the faster you go.

TomTom Start 60 Europe review

By default the screen shows a 3D representation of your journey, zooming into areas as you slow down, so that you can see more detail when you need it, which is useful as you reach an unfamiliar destination.

Tapping the bottom-left navigation panel switches this view to a top-down 2D view, which again can be useful in certain situations. We do wish the pinch and stretch motions that are familiar to some smartphones would work here - instead you have buttons to zoom in and out, but since it's a mode we tended not to use much when out and about, it's certainly not a deal breaker.

TomTom Start 60 Europe review

One of the selling points for the TomTom Start 60 Europe is the access to the free daily map changes that are harvested from the TomTom map share community. These include updates to speed camera placements (or more accurately where mobile speed cameras have been spotted, since static cameras are becoming less common).

This information can be added yourself easily too - if you spot a speed camera, you can tap the icon on the main screen to quickly add it to the database. There is a problem with this, though, and with it turned on we were getting alerts every few minutes, yet we couldn't see any static or mobile speed cameras. This in turn meant that we started ignoring such alerts, and eventually simply turned off this feature.

TomTom Start 60 Europe review

It isn't completely useless, though, because you can selectively turn on warnings for static, mobile, traffic light cameras and more in the settings. Getting the right balance here will take some fiddling depending on where you live, and it's a shame it isn't a little more intelligent about how many of these warnings are relevant, but with some care this could be really useful.

You will need to connect the TomTom Start 60 Europe to your computer using the supplied USB cable in order to download the latest updates, maps and other software, but the process is straightforward enough and the web-based interface is clear enough of your options. This same cable is used to connect to the standard in-car charger too, which is useful.

TomTom Start 60 Europe review

When connecting the TomTom Start 60 Europe to your computer, it's worth noting that the unit ships with a guarantee from TomTom that if there are any new maps released within 90 days of first using it, then you can download these for free.

These aren't the location updates, but the core set of maps that TomTom devices work off - and seeing as some parts of eastern Europe are still having their road maps updated, this is a good addition. Be warned though, these can be quite chunky - a hefty 2.8GB in our case.

TomTom Start 60 Europe review

Tech Specs

Product TypeAutomobile Portable GPS Navigator
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothNo
Product FamilyStart
Navigation InstructionsJunction View, Lane Assist, Speed Assist, Text-to-Speech
Brand NameTomTom
Screen Size15.2 cm (6")
Maximum Battery Run Time2 Hour
USBYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD Card
Height105 mm
Width165 mm
Depth24 mm
ColourBlack
Form FactorMountable
ManufacturerTomTom International BV
Product Model60
Product NameStart 60 Automobile Portable GPS Navigator
Product LineStart
Manufacturer Part Number1EN6.013.00
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.tomtom.com
Marketing Information

At the Heart of the Journey

TomTom is the world's leading supplier of in-car location and navigation products and services focused on providing the world's best navigation experience. Our products include portable navigation devices, smartphone apps, GPS sports watches, in-dash infotainment systems, fleet management solutions, maps and real-time services, including the award winning TomTom HD Traffic.

Weight (Approximate)236 g