TomTom Go Live Top Gear Edition review

An excellent sat nav - if you can bear Jeremy Clarkson's jokes

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TomTom go live top gear edition

The problem with the TomTom Top Gear Edition isn't actually Jeremy Clarkson's voice, because that can be swapped once you've heard all of his little witticisms, but rather what else you can get for nearly the same cash.

This edition only comes with England and Ireland maps, while spending an extra tenner nets you the whole of Europe if you pick up the TomTom Go Live 825 Europe. This does mean that you have to live without Jeremy Clarkson's charms, although this is a sacrifice only the most ardent Top Gear fanatic could realistically not make.

We liked:

While we wouldn't go as far as saying the core navigation is flawless, the TomTom Go Live Top Gear Edition does do a damn fine impression of it. Routes are intelligent, and are based on more than simply getting you to the nearest motorway or trunk road.

The interface is a delight to use and explore, with the display readable in a variety of lighting conditions. The screen is uncluttered, even when showing a lot of information, and the 3D view makes navigating the more complex junctions straightforward.

We disliked:

Repetition means the few funny lines from Clarkson become less funny pretty quickly. There's not enough variation either. We'd also have liked to have more than Clarkson and Stig's silence as voice options from the Top Gear team.

The Go Live subscription isn't cheap, and while you could argue that it's only really intended for people that drive for a living, it works so well that everyone can benefit from it.

Final verdict

The TomTom Go Live Top Gear Edition isn't the cheapest or the most extensive sat nav money can buy, nor is it the most hilarious, but it does make for a tempting package for the right kind of petrol head.

It's a wonderful device in every other sense, and a formidable navigator, but we can't help thinking that your money would be better spent on a more encompassing model.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeAutomobile Portable GPS Navigator
Product FamilyGO LIVE 800
Navigation InstructionsLane Assist, Speed Assist, Text-to-Speech, Voice Command
Brand NameTomTom
Form FactorPortable
Screen Size10.9 cm (4.3")
Built-in DevicesSpeaker, Microphone
Maximum Battery Run Time2 Hour
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card
Height85.1 mm
Width119.1 mm
Depth21.7 mm
Product Series800
ManufacturerTomTom International BV
Product Model820 UK
Product NameGO LIVE 820 UK Automobile Portable GPS Navigator
Product LineGO LIVE
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number1ER4.013.00
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The TomTom GO LIVE 800 series tell you exactly what's up ahead so you can sit back and enjoy the ride. Let HD Traffic guide you through jams and leave traffic behind. Get speed camera warnings, information via Local Search with Google and weather reports. Convenient and smart, it also lets you use your voice for many different tasks, such as entering addresses and making calls hands free.

Package Contents
  • GO LIVE 820 UK Automobile Portable GPS Navigator
  • Micro-USB Cable
  • USB Car Charger
  • Documentation
Display Resolution480 x 272
Weight (Approximate)203 g