Our Cars: Skoda Rapid 1.6 TDI SE

6 July 2013: Over sensitive sat nav

The Details

Current mileage 10280
Claimed economy 64.2mpg
Actual economy 59.3mpg

Over the last two weeks I have been driving in and out of London and heavily relying on the sat nav to get me there and on time. It doesn't come as standard on the Rapid and costs an extra £550 over the standard radio. That's not too bad compared to other integrated navigation systems but is pricey compared to systems from the likes of  Tom Tom and Garmin. However, it does have DAB radio, traffic reports and Bluetooth.

Initially I wasn't too impressed with the system but having relied on it heavily over the last week, I've found it to be actually very good.  First off is the Bluetooth connectivity, which is very easy to set up, and then from there on my phone automatically connects whenever I'm in the car.

A very clever touch here is that I can play music via the Bluetooth connection as well. Phone calls can be completely hands free as you can use the trip computer buttons to thumb through controls and phone book, it really is very useful.

The sat nav guidance is very quick, I've noticed that with other navigation systems you can get left wondering what the next instruction is before it's too late and you end up in the wrong lane or missing a turning. Not with the Rapid's guidance though, it is very good and so far I've turned up to locations without any problems.

One slight niggle is that it can be slightly over sensitive. On a number of occasions it takes into account traffic reports and redirects me, so to test this on my last trip into the office I ignored all the redirections only to find no traffic problems whatsoever. Whether this is the navigation's fault or the traffic report problem is up for debate.

However, this is where problems arise and it has happened on a number of occasions. The sat nav is working fine, radio on and phone connected, and the phone then rings. The whole system goes into meltdown, in fact nothing works, even to the point of trying to turn the system off with the off button.

The only remedy has been to actually stop the car and turn the engine off so there's no power to it and even then sometimes it hasn't remedied the problem. Nevertheless, it has only happened on a handful of occasions but it's very frustrating on motorways when you lose guidance, phone and the radio.

Skoda Rapid Sat Nav  (1)

                The sat nav in our Rapid tends to be quick to divert around traffic - even when there isn't any.

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