The Garmin DriveSmart 60LMT-D is not only our favourite Garmin Sat Nav in the UK today, but is also what we think is the best sat nav in the UK today. What we specifically love about the sat nav unit is the features that it comes with and flexibility within the design to allow three models (5-Inch, 6-Inch and 7-Inch designs) that are built for all walks of life.
The DriveSmart Range
The Drivesmart range of sat nav unit was developed and released to the market as part of the 2016 range of sat nav and takes it's place in the upper middle part of the range. It not only offers performance, but also value for money meaning that what it lacks in features, it makes up for in offering value for money.
Of the three DriveSmart models, are favourite is the DriveSmart 60LMT which comes with a 6-Inch screen, however the range also consists of a 50LMT that comes with a 5-Inch screen and 70LMT that comes with a 7-Inch screen.
Over the years we have tested hundreds of models and 6-inch models tend to give users the best of both worlds, size meaning that you can see your directions, but also not too big meaning that you cannot fit you sat nav anywhere within your car. The bigger models also tend to reflect much more light in direct sunlight and darkness, however we find that the 6-inch models perform best.
Garmin DriveSmart 60LMT Review
The Garmin DriveSmart 60LMT is made from a tough plastic and comes with a crystal clear 6-Inch touchscreen with "pinch and zoom facility" that offers excellent viewing in both direct sunlight and darkness. The fact that it comes with Garmin's award winning interface menu system means that it's very simple and easy to use.
Once you're ready to go, simply enter your destination into the QWERTY keyboard, and the sat nav will find the best route taking into account both the driving conditions and the surrounding traffic conditions.
Directions are provided using both the display and voice instructions which offer Garmin's "real directions" rather than just road names and street names. With Garmin's real directions you're likely to hear directions that include things like ‘turn left after the Starbucks’ or ‘continue after the green building,’ which makes things way easier than they would otherwise be.
Points of Interest
Garmin has a deal with Foursquare's meaning that there are now millions or landmarks and points of interest on the sat nav. What's great is that they are continually being updated as more and more updates are being developed.
This point of interest style also makes it very easy to search for things, and the search capability is better than lots of other sat nav's which you can find on the market. It can, however, sometimes be a little difficult to search specifically by address, though this seems only to be an occasional blip.
The DriveSmart comes with a selection of safer driving features that help to promote safe and sensible driving. These features includes bluetooth hands-free calling, which allows you to wirelessly connect your phone to your sat nav and driver notifications of any oncoming changes or potential dangers, including alerts for speed changes, sharp curves, railway crossings, animal crossings, red lights, speed cameras and plenty more, and the fatigue warning encourages you to take breaks during long drives. The Up Ahead feature also tells you about major diversions or changes in the distance without leaving the map view.
Across the range of Garmin DriveSmart sat nav's, there are over 100 reviews on Amazon.co.uk of which over 50% are 5-stars. That all said, there are a few complaints with the key problem that users have include the software being a little tricky to negotiate, but most users have managed to do so without many problems.
It’s also worth considering that a small amount of users have been disappointed with the durability of the product, and that the battery life is a little poor compared to most other sat nav's. You can solve this issue by simply leaving it plugged in, so it isn’t a major issue.
Overall the Garmin DriveSmart 60LMT is firmly the best Garmin sat nav across the market. We love the fact that it comes with free lifetime map updates for the UK and every single country in Europe for the duration of the life of your sat nav unit. This means that even when your device is five years old (mine is closer to 10 years old), you're still driving around with up-to-date maps.
The free traffic updates means that together with your up-to-date maps, your directions also take into account any traffic problems along your route. Remember, your sat nav will often take you some strange routes which can be a little frustrating, however it's programmed to calculate the shorted route whilst taking into account any traffic situations.
We also love the split-screen system for junctions allows you to see two versions of the oncoming junction, both birds’ eye and real view, which makes those pesky junction turn-offs easier.