Why is it so expensive to update an in-built navigation system?

Why are cars with sat nav sought after? My 18-month-old SEAT Ibiza's map needs an update. The dealer told me they don't do it. He said people go online to try but it costs £139 and some people "brick" their system. This is scandalous. I know you have agreed with this in the past but how do we force a change?

Asked on 8 May 2019 by agiuga

Answered by Andrew Brady
I think the future is looking bleak for in-built navigation. Phones do a better job of it and can connect seamlessly via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. Your dealer should be able to update your system for a fee - trying shopping around, it does vary between dealers.
Similar questions
What would be the best navigation unit to buy for using on a fly drive around the USA?
My Mazda CX-5 is three years old and the free sat nav updates will soon end. What is the best option taking into consideration that I have an Apple iPhone but not Apple CarPlay?
Does the Smart Passion (2009 model) come with sat nav?
Related models
Excellent 1.0 and 1.5 petrol engines, calm and comfortable ride quality, has one of the largest boots in its class.
 

Value my car