TomTom XL Live Europe review

TomTom's feature-packed sat nav helps to avoid traffic jams

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Our Verdict

It's a great sat nav, but the multitude of features probably aren't for everyone


  • Feature-packed
  • Easy to follow


  • Traffic updates cost a fair bit

The TomTom XL Live Europe (£220 inc. VAT) is a mid-range sat nav device that's crammed with features.

With access to TomTom's Live services, the company intends this device to be used regularly, and not just when you're going somewhere new. The most impressive feature Live offers is real-time traffic updates, with each of the units featuring integrated Vodafone SIM cards and reporting traffic conditions and average road speeds back to TomTom.

With updates occurring immediately, in theory you should never have to sit in a traffic jam again. Unlike most other manufacturers, TomTom also uses average speeds at different times of the day, so you'll be informed of different journey lengths, depending on when you travel.

The device itself features a 4.3-inch touchscreen display and is just about compact enough to fit into a pocket. The cradle to attach it to your windscreen clips neatly on to the rear. It's pocket-sized and the best solution we've seen to date.

Destinations can be selected via a number of different means, including full addresses, towns, post codes and from millions of Points of Interest. The onscreen keyboard is easy to use and the menus are a model of simplicity.

We also found the directions and mapping easy to follow, with accurate guidance and simple verbal directions. When we took a wrong turning, the unit was quick to re-route. Sadly, if you live in busy cities, it's inevitable that you'll get stuck in traffic anyway, but the XL Live may help you to avoid the worst.

Unfortunately the Live package is only provided free for three months, after which you'll have to pay £8 per month or £80 annually. If you're a frequent driver, then the ability to avoid congestion will pay for itself but, for most users, the extra features probably won't be fully appreciated.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeAutomobile Portable GPS Navigator
Traffic Messaging TechnologyTMC Ready
Product FamilyXL
Navigation InstructionsLane Assist, Voice Prompt
Brand NameTomTom
Form FactorPortable
Screen Size10.9 cm (4.3")
Built-in DevicesSpeaker
Maximum Battery Run Time3 Hour
Height82 mm
Width123 mm
Depth27 mm
Product SeriesXL
ManufacturerTomTom International BV
Product ModelXL LIVE IQ Routes
Product NameXL LIVE IQ Routes Europe Edition Automobile Portable Navigator
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number1EL0.002.05
Manufacturer Website Address
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.

Package Contents
  • XL LIVE IQ Routes Europe Edition Automobile Portable Navigator
  • Easyport Mount
  • USB Car Charger
  • USB Cable
  • Documentation
Display Resolution320 x 240
Weight (Approximate)185 g