Best Truck Sat Navs in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update July 22, 2021
When regular GPS trackers just don’t cut it anymore for larger vehicles, it is a good idea to opt for something more sophisticated. While the truck sat nav models are designed to navigate larger vehicles they also provide the driver with information that is simply not available on regular devices. To help you pick the HGV sat nav that fits your requirements and vehicle type, we have gathered the top models on the market in our reviews. ...Read more ...Read less
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OUR VERDICT
TYPE
SCREEN
NAVIGATION
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PROS

The TomTom Traffic service included in the package operates via built-in SIM-card. What is more, this feature is completely free so you won't have to worry about roaming charges while you travel across Europe, making the driving experience easier.

CONS

The user interface is not intuitive and takes time to get used to.

OUR VERDICT

The TomTom Go Professional 6250 is certainly one of the best sat navs for heavy vehicles thanks to the huge array of features included in the core package. The easy to follow instructions allow the driver to plan the route according to the vehicle size and its weight. Quick and responsive, it will be an ideal pick for drivers looking for an all-in-one navigational device.

detailed parameters
TYPE

Portable

SCREEN

6" touchscreen (5" optionally available)

NAVIGATION

Full European maps

Informativity

Lifetime TomTom traffic and speed cameras, Lifetime maps, 3D Maps, Voice guidance, Smartphone messages

FUNCTIONS

Wi-Fi, TomTom services via built-in SIM (no roaming charges), Professional sat nav for large vehicles, Dedicated truck and bus points of interest, MyDrive route planning, Bluetooth, Compatible with Siri and Google Now, Stopped traffic alerts

WARRANTY

2 years

PROS

The high functionality of the appliance lets you search and identify the potential load and off-loading spots. Likewise, the navigator will conveniently show you the truck-friendly parking lots and the availability of the parking in real-time (requires internet connection).

CONS

The volume is not adjustable during navigation.

OUR VERDICT

The Garmin dēzl LGV700 MT-D is designed for professional truckers and it really shows when you look at it and the features it provides. The automated and manual route calculating makes it much easier to reach the destination in time, while the big display of the sat nav enables reading the map with ease.

detailed parameters
TYPE

Portable

SCREEN

6.95" touchscreen (8", 10" available)

NAVIGATION

Full European maps

Informativity

Free lifetime map updates, Voice guidance, Text messages,  Active lane guidance, Driver alerts

FUNCTIONS

Built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Custom truck routing, truck parking Europe, Popular truck routes, Load-to-dock guidance, Garmin drive app compatible, Eld compliance

WARRANTY

2 years

PROS

The Go Professional 620 features a voice recognition system that makes it easy to use in conjunction with Siri and Google Now assistants. To add more, the HGV POI notifications will provide you with updates on truck-specific locations along the road for your convenience.

CONS

The software tends to lag a bit when used for prolonged periods of time.

OUR VERDICT

This particular model from TomTom is a good middle-ground solution for all medium- and big-sized vehicle drivers out there. The navigational system works great in both offline and online modes, while the maps are getting frequent updates that you can install using a WiFi connection.

detailed parameters
TYPE

Portable

SCREEN

6" touchscreen (5" optionally available)

NAVIGATION

Full European maps

Informativity

TomTom traffic via mobile app, Lifetime TomTom traffic and speed Cameras, Voice guidance, Smartphone messages

FUNCTIONS

Wi-Fi, Professional sat nav for large vehicles, Dedicated truck and bus points of interest, Bluetooth, Compatible with Siri and Google Now, Stopped traffic alerts, MyDrive route planning

WARRANTY

2 years

PROS

The special TripAdvisor assistant can be activated to show the potential points of interest like cafes, diners, hotels and hostels. What is more, it can also detect possible parking spots for large and long vehicles.

CONS

The battery life leaves much to be desired.

OUR VERDICT

The Garmin Drive 51LMT-S is a compact and convenient GPS navigator that is designed with professional use in mind. Once connected to the network, the in-house Garmin Real Directions system will guide you along the route turn-by-turn with a fully-voiced assistant.

detailed parameters
TYPE

Portable

SCREEN

5" touchscreen (6" available)

NAVIGATION

UK and Ireland maps

Informativity

Garmin real directions, Text-to-Speech feature, Free lifetime map updates, Navigation features including live traffic and live parking, TripAdvisor® ratings, Driver alerts

FUNCTIONS

Lifetime safety camera updates, microSD™ card slot, Backup camera compatible, USB, Bluetooth

WARRANTY

2 years

PROS

This Navpal navigator has a battery with a whopping 3000 mAh capacity. Thanks to this, it can work for hours on end before it needs to be recharged. Luckily, the kit is equipped with both a charging cable and a lighter port adapter for it.

CONS

The mounting bracket tends to get loose over time (requires tightening).

OUR VERDICT

This Navpal GPS navigation system has quite a few helpful features that will come in handy for owners of long and large vehicles. This list includes motorhomes, coaches, buses, and trucks. What makes this package interesting, however, is its pre-loaded European map pack that is updated to the 2021 version.

detailed parameters
TYPE

Portable

SCREEN

7" touchscreen (5" available)

NAVIGATION

Full European maps

Informativity

Driver alerts, Active speed camera detection, Real voice turn-by-turn navigation, Route optimisation and lane guidance, Points of interest

FUNCTIONS

2D/3D Views & Automatic Day and Night mode switching, Postcode, Address and co-ordinate support, Free lifetime map updates, Bluetooth, FM Transmitter, microSD™ card slot, USB port, Headphone port

WARRANTY

Lifetime replacement warranty, 90-day money-back guarantee

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TomTom L133832

When Good Isn't Enough

What features make a great navigation system for large vehicles? Surely, it has to be responsive, accurate, and most importantly, it has to be easy to use among other aspects that make the driver’s life easier. Fortunately, you don’t have to endlessly search for the top model since the Go Professional 6520 GPS sat nav for lorry and coach drivers is one of those models.

First things first, the 6250 from TomTom features a full European map not only for trucks, but it also has navigation setting that allows using it for buses, coaches, as well as by motorhomes and camper vans. This is achieved thanks to the integrated traffic and speed camera update system that is designed specifically to accommodate larger vehicles.

Furthermore, this sat nav has a rather large screen compared to similar models in the same price range. With a 6-inch touchscreen, you surely won’t miss any small details appearing on the map while you drive. The thing that makes it convenient is the interface that changes according to your vehicle size. A lot of options are customizable, so you can adjust the UI to your liking without sacrificing too much screen space, which is a huge plus in our book.

Review of TomTom L133832 Go Professional 6250 GPS Truck Sat Nav

A Supreme Navigation System

On top of the regular map markers, the TomTom services also provide drivers with dedicated bus and truck points of interest. In case you already have a TomTom account and want to use the existing map markers you can import them using the MyDrive mobile application.

What is more, the MyDrive app can be used as a route planner, which will be convenient for longer trips or in case you need to visit multiple places in one go. These might include petrol stations, places to eat, rest, or simply to relax at during break time. Moving on, the extra features included in the kit are TomTom services that are available without any roaming charges thanks to the built-in SIM card. What makes this option special is the fact that you get lifetime traffic available to you at any time in any European country.

As for the mounting options, the unit can be installed on top of the dashboard, or in case space is either occupied or simply limited you can use the window mounting option instead. Thanks to the handy suction cup you can place the unit directly on the windshield without sacrificing free space in the cabin.

In the end, this TomTom is one of the best Truck Sat Nav models for large vehicles available on the market today. Thanks to the superior navigation system and ease of use, TomTom proves once again that their navigation devices are some of the top models in their class.

TomTom L133832 Go Professional 6250 GPS Truck Sat Nav in the use

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User Manual     Manufacturer

Last updated price £389.99
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ASIN B07144Y466

 

Garmin LGV700 MT-D 7-Inch

Everything You Need for Navigation in a Single Package

What sets Garmin navigating systems apart from the rest of sat navs is compatibility with Garmin Drive mobile application. The application features pre-loaded truck parking data all across Europe, which can come in handy on numerous occasions. The only drawback being is that you will need to have a cellular data connection on your phone in order to update the availability of the parking spots in real-time.

For added functionality, it is recommended to use the navigator appliance with a phone or tablet that supports cellular data transfer. Although the navigation system itself is fairly accurate and will show your precise position on the map, some functions like live traffic feed require an internet connection to operate properly.

Aside from the standard set of waypoints and regular signs on the road, the navigational system features optional points of interest for both trucks and regular-sized vehicles. This includes but not limited to: hotels, hostels, recreation sites, cafes, diners, fast-food joints, public restrooms, and a plethora of other TripAdvisor rated locations.

Review of Garmin LGV700 MT-D 7-Inch Truck Sat Nav

Discover More with Garmin

Just like other navigation devices designed for trucking, the Garmin LGV700 MT-D supports customisable truck routing, which is based on the weight and size of your vehicle. This particular feature will definitely enhance your driving experience since it alerts you about upcoming, sharp curves, toll booths, as well as tunnel and bridge heights that are not suitable for your truck. Owing to this, it is possible to pick the optimal route without losing too much time on the actual trip.

In addition to that, you can turn on the load-to-dock guidance that shows potential loading zones, as well as the storage lots as you approach your destination. Likewise, the navigation platform features full voice guidance that will conveniently notify you about turns and road conditions in advance. Furthermore, the display modes feature active lane guidance, as well as driver alerts. The full European maps, on the other hand, can be used in offline mode. That said, you will need to update them from time to time. Fortunately, the main unit features a built-in Wi-Fi module that enables auto-updating the maps and the navigational system itself on the fly, as long as it is connected to the internet.

Wrapping things up, the Garmin LGV700 MT-D 6.95-inch truck sat nav will be a good addition to your truck’s navigational gear. The gadget has a large screen that is easy to read, while its audible cues and navigator assistance makes driving even in the areas you haven’t been to before a tad bit easier.

Garmin LGV700 MT-D 7-Inch Truck Sat Nav in the use

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Last updated price £325.63
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ASIN B088MPCXB3

 

TomTom 1PN6.002.06

A Great Addition to Your Phone GPS Tracker

Designed for lorries, trucks, and coaches, the Go Professional 620 GPS truck sat nav is an ideal choice for trips all across Europe. The HGV satellite navigator features maps of all European countries, including ones that are not part of the EU. On top of that, the maps feature all the points of interest you may possibly need, from petrol and diesel stations to places where you can park a large vehicle while taking a break from a long trip.

Like many other similar products available on the market today, the Go Professional 620 features a special guidance system dedicated for showing the driver when it is safe to switch between lanes. Although the software is quite advanced, we don’t recommend fully relying on it; always check for the oncoming traffic before switching lanes.

Although SIM-card operated models of the Go Professional 620 are available, this particular one operates via a wireless connection to a smartphone or other mobile devices that feature a Wi-Fi interface. Once connected to the phone, the unit will combine satellite maps with traffic data to provide you with better information about the route.

Review of TomTom 1PN6.002.06 Go Professional 620 GPS Truck Sat Nav

Install Where You Want

Alternatively, the software, as well as the user interface of this product, is a bit different compared to other sat navs from TomTom. However, aside from the initial setup phase, it doesn’t take a lot of time to get used to the features the satellite navigator has and its interface. The 6-inch screen of the live traffic announcer does its job well and you will be able to see even the smallest details of the map without the need of zooming in too often.

The only thing that did disappoint us, though, is the actual performance of the navigator during long trips. If the gadget is left running for more than 10 hours it has a tendency to lag a bit when loading another chunk of the map. Therefore, we recommend turning it off when it is not being used or when you have stopped on a break.

To brighten things up, when it comes to its ease of use, the navigator is equipped with a voice recognition system that allows for planning your trip in a hands-free mode. Additionally, you can use voice commands to change the destination points while driving in a matter of seconds. With this handy feature, the installation of the nav sat won’t take too much of your time. Thanks to the special Click and Go Mount you can install the unit on the windshield or on the dashboard using the supplied dashboard mount disk.

The Go Professional 620 from TomTom is definitely one of the best truck sat nav products in the medium price range today. Accurate, simple in use, and highly reliable, it makes all the difference for larger vehicles compared to regular sat navs designed for regular vehicles.

TomTom 1PN6.002.06 Go Professional 620 GPS Truck Sat Nav in the use

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Last updated price £269.99
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ASIN B071HMXVRK

 

Garmin 51LMT-S 5 Inch

Small and Convenient

The Garmin 51LMT-S is a slightly smaller model from the company’s line of navigation devices designed for the purposes of trucks and similar vehicles.

Similarly to other Garmin products, this model will require an internet connection in order to utilise the live feed features to their full potential. Contrary to Wi-Fi-based sat nav models, this one features a Bluetooth module instead. Although it is not as fast as a wireless internet module, it gets the job done when it comes to linking with your phone and updating the live feed data like traffic and parking spot availability in real-time. The firmware upgrades, on the other hand, will still require you to connect the navigator appliance to a laptop or PC, however.

Unlike some Garmin navigators designed for use across Europe, though, the 51LMT-S only features maps of UK and Ireland, which makes it only useful for local-based trucking. That being said, these maps are, perhaps, some of the most detailed maps of Ireland and the UK that you can get for the money. In case you need more than just that, this model is optionally available with both Western Europe and full European map packages, so you can definitely pick one that suits your needs.

Review of Garmin 51LMT-S 5 Inch Sat Nav

Built to Last

As a nice little addition to an already great set of features, the sat nav is also compatible with Garmin backup cameras. If you happen to have one of those, you can easily link it and use it via the main screen of the sat nav with relative ease. To make the installation easier, the package is equipped with a suction cup that can be connected to a durable arm that holds the navigator in place. While the cup can be attached directly to your windscreen, the arm can be mounted pretty much anywhere on the dash.

The only thing that we wish could be improved, however, is the battery life of the sat nav, which leaves much to be desired. That being said, you can always hook up the fairly long AC cable to the lighter port of your vehicle. The charging cable comes equipped with a power converter specifically for a cigarette lighter and is certainly well-made, which extends the service of the appliance and will make it easier to charge in the long run.

All things considered, the Garmin 51LMT-S will be a go-to pick for truckers that operate on local transport and trucking routes. Featuring highly-detailed maps of both the UK and Ireland, the 51LMT-S is also quite simple in operation, while its high-contrast, 5-inch screen is easily readable, which significantly eases the navigational process.

Garmin 51LMT-S 5 Inch Sat Nav in the use

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Last updated price £92.98
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ASIN B073V3XH8V

 

Navpal 7 Inches

Easy to Read, Easy to Use

In contrast to similar navigators in the same price range, this Navpal product is rather large. Measuring 17.2 x 12.1 x 9 cm, the navigator features a 7-inch screen that makes reading the map a breeze, especially compared to other sat navs with a smaller display.

Furthermore, this particular navigator features a rechargeable battery with 3000 mAh capacity that lasts almost twice as long as many others. Along with the great battery life, this Navpal navigator model is pre-loaded with the 2021 edition of UK and European maps with future updates available. But here’s the kicker, all future map updates for Navpal products are completely free, so all you need in order to update them is an internet connection, USB cable, PC, or laptop.

As for the live-feed functions such as active speed camera directions, driver alerts, and similar the appliance will require a Bluetooth link to your phone or tablet that has cellular data capabilities, just like in other similar products. But don’t be discouraged! The standard turn-by-turn navigation that is fully voiced will still work flawlessly even without an internet connection.

Review of Navpal 7 Inches sat GPS Navigation for car truck

Best for Your Truck

Although the navigator fully supports cars, motorhomes, taxis, buses, bikes as well as many other different vehicle types, it truly shines when used in a truck. Owing to the special features designed exclusively for large vehicles, the navigator can adapt the route accordingly to the truck you are driving. This includes adjustable vehicle length, width, height, and weight that will help in calculating the route for your truck on the fly. Additionally, this helps immensely in avoiding numerous road restrictions and high-traffic areas.

On top of the dull 2D maps, the appliance supports 3D navigation that can come in handy in some cases like driving through cities and towns, for example. Moreover, this Navpal navigator also supports automatic and manual night and day mode switching, which will make reading the map and screen easier during both day and night. As a neat bonus, you are getting FM radio, video, and music functions. The appliance has a microSD card slot that enables you to play media by selecting the respective application in the main menu of the navigator.

Finally, if you need a high-quality truck sat nav that is both reliable and easy to use at the same time, then this Navpal model will be an obvious choice for you. And what is so great about the package as a whole is its affordability that makes it so appealing compared to pricier alternatives.

Navpal 7 Inches sat GPS Navigation for car truck in the use
Last updated price £74.99
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ASIN B0847PQ4MW

 

What Is a Truck Sat Nav?

Unlike regular navigation devices for regular cars, truck nat savs are designed for trucks, lorries and coach buses. These devices work in a slightly different way as they need to account for your vehicle’s dimensions and the overall cargo weight.

Depending on your needs you may pick between sat navs that feature live traffic options as well as points of interest dedicated for large truck drivers. The sat navs will conveniently show you all the required information about these points including address, parking capabilities, as well as working hours directly on the map.

Regardless of what type of large vehicle you drive, be it a motorhome or a large semi-truck - a good satellite navigation system is an essential piece of electronics that will aid you in finding the best and safest route to your destination.

If you are looking for more driving accessories you may also be interested in car Bluetooth kits for effortless hands-free calls. Additionally, we recommend taking a quick look at the top dash cameras models available on the market to register everything that is going on on the motorway.

What Features to Compare

At first, picking the right model for your vehicle might seem like a daunting task. In actuality, the whole process breaks down to a few core features. We hope that this brief guide will help you in picking the model that suits both your vehicle and working routine to make the driving experience a tad bit more enjoyable.

Size

The size of the navigator is important since it takes some space on your dashboard or windscreen and will almost certainly block your view. So, we recommend opting for a smaller device if space in your vehicle’s cabin is rather limited.

Screen

Another important aspect for a truck satellite navigator is the screen size. Although bigger doesn’t always mean better, it is preferable to pick a model with a bigger screen since it will have a better level of map detail.

In case you need a sat nav for a coach bus or a small truck we recommend opting for models with screen sizes of 5 inches but if your vehicle is bigger than that - a 6-inch version would be a better choice.

Additionally, we recommend opting for displays with touchscreen capabilities so you can adjust the settings and destination points, as well as other options without additional remote controllers.

Navigation Capabilities

Depending on your needs you may pick between a dedicated satellite navigation unit or a combination model that can be used alongside with a smartphone via a wireless connection.

Nowadays, most sat navs come equipped with lifetime subscriptions to data plans that can work in any European country without roaming charges. That being said, you should pay attention to the packages available from the manufacturer, since not all of these devices include prepaid data plans.

Although the navigation capabilities may differ from model to model each unit must have a dedicated satellite unit that can operate without wireless data transfer. By choosing such a device you are getting a reliable means of navigation on the roads when all other nitty-gritty features fail to deliver.

User Interface

The simplicity of the user interface might not seem like a crucial aspect, but in reality, it is far more important than one might think. Unless you want your navigation system to be a convoluted mess, we strongly suggest choosing a device that has less optional features since not all of them might be as reliable as the basic satellite unit.

Mounting Options

Like any other electronic device designed for a truck cabin, satellite navigators usually come equipped with one or several mounting options. This may include a suction cup capable of holding the unit in place and which can be installed either on the dashboard or windshield. Alternatively, some sat nav products come equipped with other mounting options that allow placing them on the instrument panel alongside other indicators.

Additional Options

Extra features may include brand-exclusive applications that allow truck drivers to control with their smartphones or other mobile devices without actually touching the navigator itself. This option will be convenient for users that either don’t need a touchscreen navigator or don’t want to use it as the main control source.

Did you know?

Why Sat Navs Are Essential for Trucking?

It is not a secret that driving a large vehicle can be more dangerous and difficult compared to regular-sized cars. And trying to navigate these large road beasts can be a challenging task as well.

The trilateration satellite navigation process these devices are capable of detecting your vehicle on the map with pinpoint accuracy. Although it is quite useful, not all satellite navigators are compatible with bigger vehicles due to several reasons.

  • First of all, the regular sat navs simply don’t have any solutions designed specifically for large goods vehicles, while on the other hand, the truck nat savs feature a big array of customisable options that can be applied to both dimensions and tonnage of the truck.
  • Secondly, the main and major difference between a regular satellite unit and the one that is used to navigate the lorries is the fact that the latter takes into account the vehicles’ dimensions. On top of that, a standard lorry sat nav is capable of showing HGV-related points of interest on the go, including petrol stations, rest sites, parking lots among others.
  • Since satellite navigators can operate in offline mode, the owners of truck versions have a huge benefit over regular smartphone applications since they are not being charged.
  • Additionally, not all smartphones or standard GPS navigators come equipped with big screens, which makes it harder for the driver to see the map.

As a result, a regular navigator for lorries can be used in buses, coaches, and motor homes as well as in some lightweight vehicles. What makes them truly unique is that they keep the driver away from traffic jams, narrow roads, low bridges and tunnels as well as from other mishaps that may occur on the road. And all that makes even the most basic truck sat nav an essential piece of equipment.

How to Setup a Truck Sat Nav

Nowadays, almost every GPS navigator for trucks features customisable profiles that you can use depending on the cargo type or the overall load you are going to transport. A prevalent number of truck satellite navigation systems come equipped with preset modules for trucks, buses, or motorhomes, however, you will still need to manually enter the vehicle’s weight if you choose this standard option.

As an alternative, you can always use the custom profiles that allow you to adjust the dimensions and weight according to your cargo or vehicle type. This way you can use one navigator device in multiple vehicles with little to no adjustments.

Additional options may include maximum road speeds or special hazardous materials (or simply HAZMAT), though, the latter is available in more expensive, premium navigation devices.

In conclusion, we would like to point out that despite the truck satellite navigator is a handy addition to your vehicle’s cabin that definitely will help you in navigating the roads, it is still important to pay attention to traffic signs. The ones you should look for are the ones relating to your vehicle’s dimensions and weight since no sat nav manufacturer can guarantee a 100% accurate route for your truck.

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Publish Date: 2019-07-17 11:30:45