I love my TomTom. I get to drive all sorts of cars, and while an integrated navigation system is nice to have, few of them can compare with the user interface of my large-screen GO6200. Take our Citroën’s built-in navigation, for example. It uses TomTom data, but its interface isn’t quite as user-friendly, which is why I often use my stand-alone unit instead. However, the C5’s configurable instrumentation means that the main dashboard-mounted touchscreen can be set to display one thing (such as music information) while the instrumentation guides me to my destination, with (or more usually without) the voice guidance activated.
Over the last few weeks I’ve been using the Citroën’s integral navigation rather a lot, thanks to a software update on my TomTom rendering it useless. I’ve no idea what went wrong, but after five weeks of inactivity it just fixed itself – and for that time the Citroën’s incessant bonging near speed cameras also ceased, suggesting that the TomTom Live system had a prolonged siesta in the early part of the year.
The sort of problems that I still find on many factory-fit navigation systems include a poor interface, my destination not being in the database, the lack of any ability to take traffic jams into account so I’m re-routed accordingly, outdated maps, and an inability to set up the route guidance preferences how I really want them. None of these things afflicted my first TomTom, bought in 2007, so why should they still be a problem on costly factory-fit set-ups a dozen years later? Thankfully the Citroën doesn’t suffer from any of these annoyances, although smoother graphics would be welcome.
Where I thought the whole shooting match might fall down is in keeping the maps up to date, but Citroën has this licked too. There’s a page on the Citroën website that lets you input your car’s VIN number, and it tells you if any updates are available – as there were for ours. A couple of hours downloading a 17.6GB file was simplicity itself, and this then had to be put on to a memory stick, so it could be uploaded to the car. The uploading was the most annoying part as it took the best part of an hour, and the engine had to be running for the whole time. It’s possible to do the update as the car is being driven, but you can’t use any of the infotainment system’s functions, so I opted to leave it ticking over on the driveway for 50 minutes. That was far from ideal, but it’s still a lot better than the old days when you had to fork out £100 for a new CD or DVD for a fresh set of maps, which now seems like utter madness…
Date arrived 10th July 2019
Fuel economy 48.0-56.3mpg (WLTP combined) 43.7mpg (on test)
Long Term Report 2020 – Citroën C5 Aircross Flair Plus BlueHDi 130 Automatic
Our car features a blind spot warning in the mirrors, but by the time it flashes up, any cars are already alongside.