Is your car your pride and joy, or are you ready for a change? Let us know and you could win a £300 John Lewis voucher | No thanks
Ask a Question

Is in car navigation still worth paying extra for?

My step-daughter has just been quoted £130 for an SD card to update the built-in navigation in her 2013 Vauxhall Corsa. My son-in-law was quoted even more for a DVD to update his BMW. How do the manufacturers justify these sums for a one-off update when a new, separate sat nav with lifetime updates costs less? With update costs like these, is it ever worth buying a car with built-in navigation? Which manufacturer(s) have the most reasonable update costs (ideally free)?

Asked on by

Navigation updates are indeed expensive. It's worth shopping around - prices can vary between dealerships. Personally we prefer to use Apple CarPlay or Android Auto - this is now standard on a wide range of cars, and allows you to use your phone's navigation apps through the car's infotainment system. Google Maps or Waze are regularly updated, have live traffic information and - importantly - are free to use.
Similar questions
Surprised to find the maps on my new Range Rover's factory sat nav are more than three years out of date. New roads, changes to junctions etc in last few years are not reflected. Is this normal or reasonable?
We're in our late 60s and not getting any more nimble. My 05 E46 BMW 320d Touring with 40k miles on the clock has always been dealer-serviced since new. We both find it less easy to get into such a low-slung...
Having been influenced (again) by your reports, I bought an ex Honda CR-V CDTI EX. It does what it says on the label: 40+ mpg, comfortable, although nasty interior plastics, and no diesel auto, yet. I...
 

Ask Honest John

Value my car