Conclusion: An immensely powerful, simple-to-use GPS system that’s ten times better than any mobile phone app. The insistent graphics can get distracting but this is one sassy front-seat driver.
Pros: The 7310 is home to navigation technologies so impressive you’ll wonder how you ever managed to find your way to the back-end of Wiltshire without it. The 3D graphics demystify motorway junctions, flash up realistic road signs, warn of dangerous curves and give you multiple route choices depending on your preferences. TMC traffic is built in (though costs extra) and an accurately-named Clever Parking feature flashes up parking options when you near your final destinat...
Cons: No one really needs Landmark views that have poorly digitised models of Big Ben, Stonehenge and the Great Ikea Tailback of Croydon (we made that one up) cluttering up the screen. The so-called Professional Voice Command is a bit of a joke too – you might start out politely requesting directions to the nearest petrol station but we guarantee you’ll end up be using a lot more colourful language before the journey's out.
Summary: There’s a trend at the moment for big, high-design sat-nav, but the Navigon 7310 doesn’t follow it. Other Navigon models do, of course, like the 8110 that we’ve already tested and the upcoming 8410 . The 7310 treads a more conventional path with black plastic finish and 4.3in screen. That’s not to say it’s boring, though. It’s stylishly finished, well built and, crucially, showcases many of Navigon’s high-tech mapping skills.