I normally avoid built in satnavs when buying a new car as they tend to be grossly overpriced and a rip off when it comes to updating. Preferred to use my stick-on Garmin Nuvi. The SLC built in Garmin map pilot didn’t seem too bad through at £595 including three years updates and traffic warnings so took the plunge and ordered it with the car.
The big benefit is that it’s great to have a satnav built in with no-stick on units, I was soon to discover the downside though.
1. The Garmin SD card with the maps on has to stay in the SD card slot to work so the slot is out of commission for anything else.
2. Only having one screen means jumping about between satnav, radio, USB media etc.
3. Apparently safety camera alerts are illegal in Germany so no camera warnings, these have to be loaded as a separate POI file.
4. Entering postcodes or town names is done using the centre console rotating dial, one letter at a time and is quite cumbersome compared to the touch screen Nuvi keyboard which is a doddle.
5. Although my car was a 2017 model the Map Pilot SD supplied was 2016 maps and straight away had me showing as crossing fields when I was travelling on a new road so needed an update.
6. Whereas my stick-on Garmin Nuvi is so easy to update using a USB cable the Map Pilot is a real pain. I have to use the MB download software to update the SD card and it is incredibly slow and temperamental. In case you haven’t updated yours the MB software that allows updates can be found below, good luck!
So I won’t be buying any more built in satnavs and will stay with stick-on screens and find a way to make them more ascetically acceptable.