Resistive touch-screens of navigon 40 plus europe 43 aren’t covered by a hard glass coating, so they visibly depress when pushed, and are more susceptible to damage, though this device should be fine as long as you take care with it.
It’s small and compact with little extra bulk, and it’s only around half an inch thick.
The screen mount is likewise streamlined and well-designed to take up little room, and it comes with a car charger.
This uses a standard mini-USB connection so you can charge it using a computer or by plugging in a mains-to-USB adapter (not supplied).
The screen was quite responsive, which was good, although we were left hanging a few times as the sat-nav thought about what to do next after we’d pressed a button.
It was quick to locate satellites and to plan routes, as well as to re-plan them after a wrong turning.
We found it less friendly than some models, though: the standard male voice was quite stern-sounding, and the directions to turn around after a wrong turning were much less friendly than on the recent Tomtom model.
Likewise, it was set to warn us when we went more than 10mph over the speed limit, but instead of a discreet bell, the device insisted on shouting ‘BEWARE’ each time, which wasn’t particularly helpful.
It has a speed camera database, but this was switched off on our test model. It was easy enough to switch it back on using the simple menus.
The map, in Navigon’s grey, white and yellow colours, was easy to see and read – more so than Tomtom’s in places – but the small screen meant it got crowded easily.
By default several indicators such as the current speed and time are switched off.
We prefer to have these on, but doing so made the screen busy. The display is quite clever, though, being able to pop-up menus and information when they’re required – they slide off the screen when not in use.
It comes with a bit of travel guide information and a single planned-out route around the Lake District (more can be bought), but otherwise there are no frills.
A very useful extra feature, though, is the walking mode, in which it will display routes more suitable to walkers.
The active lane assistant shows what lane you need to be in for motorway exits, but goes a bit further than Tomtom’s version, with animated arrows showing your position.
It can access TMC traffic information but you need to pay extra for this in the UK (it’s free in some countries, a list of which is on the Navigon website).
At £110 in the Navigon online shop, and cheaper elsewhere online, the 20 Plus is good for those who don’t want to pay top prices but don’t want a diminished product as a result.