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Secondly, it’s fiddly. Damn fiddly. In order to use the TMC service on the Start2 you not only have to buy the adapter (£50, although TomTom tells us it’s currently on offer at £10 when purchased with the Start2 up until at least 8th June), but you also have to submerge yourself in a tangle of wires.

TomTom Start2

Does the job, but should be a bit cheaper really

The TMC aerial needs to be trailed around the windscreen using three suckers, while the power supply must also be connected in order for it to work. The guide on TomTom’s website gives an idea as to how untidy this can be.

The last of the new features is the ability to read out road names. As is the norm, this is only available when using one of the computerised voices. On my test runs it made a decent effort pronouncing road names, but there were a few that came out a little garbled – “Hazlewick”, for example, became “Huzz-el-wuck”.

Verdict

Whatever way you look at it, the Start2 is pretty much identical to the original Start. And, with none of the small selection of new features offering a huge amount, I’m left wondering whether TomTom simply wanted to rush a new model to market. Do the extra features warrant a better score than its predecessor? No. That said, it’s still a very competent, entry-level satnav – it’s just that I’d really like to see it under the £100 mark. ®

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TomTom Start2

TomTom Start2 satnav

Entry-level satnav that concentrates on getting you from A to B.
Price: £120 RRP

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