Best Truck Sat Navs in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update July 17, 2019
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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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

Extras

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 Bird's Eye Junction feature will conveniently show all the intersections from a top-down perspective. On top of that, the PhotoReal Junction service is capable of showing all the shortcuts in real-time.

CONS

The POI search feature lacks an edit function.

OUR VERDICT

The Garmin Dezl 780 LMT-D is equipped with a huge colourful screen providing the driver with a great view on the route ahead. Additionally, all the Garmin services work flawlessly in 45 European countries, while the lifetime updates support make this kit one of the top bargains for its price.

detailed parameters
TYPE

Portable

SCREEN

7" touchscreen (5" optionally available)

NAVIGATION

45 European countries

Extras

Free lifetime map updates, Voice guidance, Text messages, HOS violation warnings, Active lane guidance

FUNCTIONS

Garmin Real Directions™ landmark guidance, Foursquare, TripAdvisor ratings, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, memory card slot, Access to live services via app, Specialised truck features, Bird’s Eye junction, photoReal junction

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

Extras

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

This navigational system features 7 preset vehicle modes easing the setup of the device regardless of your truck's size. Moreover, GPS will show the driver the optimal and the most accurate route to the destination.

CONS

The map can slightly stutter when the unit is turning on.

OUR VERDICT

This practical navigational device from awesafe is one of the most cost-efficient models available on the market today. Featuring both 2D and 3D offline maps it shows the optimal route as well as dedicated points of interest depending on your vehicle size and cargo type. A great pick for both short and long trips, it will be a superior alternative to any mobile application on your phone.

detailed parameters
TYPE

Portable

SCREEN

5" touchscreen 

NAVIGATION

52 European countries

Extras

Free lifetime map updates, 2D/3D maps, Intelligent current speed camera alerts, Sound warning, Display remaining distance, Estimated Arrival Time, Real voice announcement

FUNCTIONS

7 vehicle modes, support Postcode, Address, Coordinates, Favorite and POI search, FM broadcast, Route planning, Street names broadcast, Current speed and active lane assistant

WARRANTY

1 year 

PROS

The multifunctionality of this satellite navigation device allows using it as an interactive map, route planner, and as a small multimedia player. To add more it can be installed virtually anywhere in your cabin thanks to two mounting bases included in the package.

CONS

The touchscreen is a bit unresponsive to taps.

OUR VERDICT

The YoJetSing sat nav for trucks operates on the flexible Windows CE 6.0 designed specifically for dealing with multiple tasks simultaneously. Thanks to this the route on the map will be accurate regardless of the signal. What makes this affordable device truly unique is the ability to download additional maps for USA, Canada, and Mexico without additional charges.

detailed parameters
TYPE

Portable

SCREEN

5" touchscreen (7" optionally available)

NAVIGATION

52 European countries

Extras

Free lifetime map updates, 2D/3D maps, Intelligent current speed camera alerts, Sound warning, Remaining distance, Estimated Arrival Time, Real voice broadcast  

FUNCTIONS

7 vehicle modes, Support postcode, Address, Coordinates and POI search, Route planning, Street names broadcast, Current speed and active lane assistant, FM broadcast, MP3, MP4 player, Video player, Pictures, Games and pocket calculator

WARRANTY

1 year 

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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Garmin 010-01855-10

A Great Sat Nav Alternative from Garmin

The Dezl 780 from Garmin is something more than just a regular satellite navigation system. Light, portable, and easy to configure this particular navigator offers accurate routes according to the size of your truck, bus, or a motorhome.

To get the most of the navigator’s functions you will need to connect your smartphone via the mobile application. The process, aside from downloading, will take a couple of minutes and is completely hassle-free even if you are not tech-savvy.

As for some quality of life improvements, the Dezl 780 features voice control capabilities that allow you to control the navigator with simple voice commands. This includes hands-free Bluetooth calls, notification management as well as setting the destination on the map on the fly.

The only difficulty you may encounter while searching for saved points of interest is trying to enter them manually. Since the software doesn’t have an erase button, in case you’ve made a mistake you will have to re-enter the text from scratch. Even though it is not that big of a deal, trying to do so while driving can be a tedious experience, and we hope that the manufacturer will address this issue in future software updates. Other than that, the software is quite impressive when it comes down to the sheer amount of features included in the core package.

Review of Garmin 010-01855-10 Dezl 780 LMT-D 7 Inch Truck Sat Nav

Adjust According to Your Cargo and Vehicle Type

The navigator has everything you need for a long route from customizable maps depending on the cargo weight to break planning along the way. Moreover, this truck sat nav comes with a special alert system that will conveniently notify you of upcoming sharp curves, steep roads, as well as for bridge and tunnel heights.

Moving down the list of features, let’s talk about the dimensions of the unit. The Garmin Dezl is one of the largest sat navs available on the market today. With a 7-inch screen, the sat nav provides the driver with a detailed map without actually taking half of the windshield if placed on top of the dashboard.

Optionally, this large screen sat nav is available with a built-in dash camera that will come in handy in case you don’t have one already. The 780 version without a camera, however, supports USB and Bluetooth interfaces, which allows for quick charging on the go and wireless data transfer needed for importing POI databases.

All in all, the Dezl 780 is a solid choice if you are looking for a reliable truck sat nav without breaking a bank at the same time.

Garmin 010-01855-10 Dezl 780 LMT-D 7 Inch Truck Sat Nav in the use

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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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awesafe Sat Nav 2019

Seamless Transition Between Multiple Vehicles

The awesafe sat nav is an updated version of a sat nav designed for trucks that can also be utilised in regular cars as well. But what actually makes it so versatile? Let’s take a closer look at the core features of this handy device and figure it out.

First things first, although this particular truck sat nav cannot be called huge, its 5-inch screen is plenty big enough to see the map clearly regardless of the truck’s interior size. On the contrary, thanks to its medium-size dimensions it fits both large and small vehicle interiors perfectly, making it easier to use when the space inside is limited.

The convenience features include an Active Lane Assistant that will notify you of oncoming traffic and jams on the motorway, as well as 7 different vehicle modes designed to accommodate the dimensions of all vehicles. Additionally, the lane change function simplifies the driving experience by guiding you through the lanes with less traffic, and as a result, you are able to reach your destination point much faster than without a satellite navigator. Furthermore, the 7 modes for various vehicle types allow the driver to seamlessly transition between LGA to HGV in just a few taps on the screen. This way you can use one single unit for multiple vehicles.

Review of awesafe Sat Nav 2019 for Cars Truck

LGV and HGV Ready

As for the things that will need an update before use, you will have to update the maps using the USB cable that comes equipped with the unit itself. Just hook the navigator to any computer with a working internet connection and the file transfer software will update the maps automatically. The only thing you should be mindful about, though, is that maps of all European countries take quite a lot of space on the flash drive of the navigator. Despite the whole update process being quite fast and easy to perform, the need to do this each time you run out of free space makes it a hassle.

On the contrary, you can always install an additional microSD memory card to further expand the base capabilities of the satellite navigator. On top of the lane navigation, points of interest, and traffic updates this navigator model can be used as a multimedia player. Thanks to the 8GB of built-in flash memory and a slot for additional microSD cards you can use this sat nav as a portable media player.

All things considered, the 2019 model from awesafe is simply the best Truck Sat Nav that can be used in both LGV and HGV vehicles with relative ease. By combining premium features and a budget-friendly price, the awesafe 2019 is definitely a great choice if you are looking for an affordable navigation device for your vehicle.

awesafe Sat Nav 2019 for Cars Truck in the use

 

YoJetSing Sat Nav Truck

Simplicity Is the Key

This sat nav truck GPS navigation system is designed to be light and portable. Despite its modest price, the unit does the job of finding the quickest route surprisingly well. But what really makes it special is the option to configure the navigation according to your vehicle type, thanks to the 7-vehicle adjustment system.

As for the installation of the kit, it won’t take too much time. Thanks to the mounting hardware that comes together with the navigation set, the setup process is as easy as it can be. The mounting bracket features two adjustable arms that allow you to configure the view angle according to your needs. The suction cup at the base of the mounting bracket also enables easy installation on both windshield or dashboard, leaving more free space in the vehicle’s interior.

Just like any modern GPS tracker or satellite navigator, the YoJetSing features a voice notification system that will tell you when to turn and which lane to pick. This is a crucial aspect, which simplifies the driving experience since you won’t be looking at the tracker’s screen at all times. Since the unit’s working time from one battery charge only takes 30 minutes we recommend connecting the charging cable when the navigator is in use. This way you won't need to recharge it each time it shuts down, and it can also be used as a stationary cabin navigator of your vehicle. Just make sure that you have the appropriate charging adapter.

Review of YoJetSing Sat Nav Truck GPS Navigation System

Budget-Friendly Solution for Large Vehicles

The sophisticated speed camera alert implemented in this satellite navigator will notify you about incoming speed checkpoints so you can drop the vehicle’s speed down in advance, which is quite a nice feat for a budget model.

The only issue with the navigator is its touchscreen that becomes a bit unresponsive if used for long periods of time, and thus, we recommend turning the device off when it is not in use. This way the navigator won’t overheat and the screen will remain easy to control throughout the whole trip.

On the bright side, however, the device supports memory expansion. If you need additional storage space for more maps or other media the device supports both TF and microSD cards of up to 32GB. Additionally, the unit is available in three variants - 5-inch, 7-inch, and 7-inch Bluetooth. While the first two only feature regular touchscreens, the Bluetooth version will allow you to hook up mobile devices and wireless headsets to the navigator. The hassle you might have, though, is with the map updates that can only be loaded to the device via the USB data transfer cable that comes together with the sat nav.

Wrapping things up, the YoJetSing is one of the best truck sat nav products for its price. Compact, easy to configure and use it has a wide range of premium features that will come in handy for light vehicle, coach, and truck drivers alike.

YoJetSing Sat Nav Truck GPS Navigation System in the use

 

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 option.

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