Nissan Qashqai: £1,300? Get lost!

Extortionate sat nav price

The nature of my job means I do a lot of travelling across the UK and also plenty of foreign driving, so I’m always visiting new places – and often get spectacularly lost trying to find them.

But there’s only a limited number of times I can tolerate circling the same postcode for an hour without getting angry at my inability to read a map or decipher Polish street names.

So I decided to splash out on a satellite navigation system at long last.

When I specified the Qashqai, I went for the mid-range Acenta trim as I liked its convenient extras, like cruise control and parking sensors, but didn’t need the heated leather seats that come with top-trim Tekna.

But there was another tick box on the options list that I ignored too – satellite navigation. Because it costs a whopping £1321 (although this does include a reversing camera). This seems very steep while the camera isn't really necessary - standard parking sensors do the job well enough.

I bought a £99 sat nav system from Garmin – which I’m really pleased with – and as it's not an integrated unit my friends and family can borrow it. Plus if I'm driving another car without sat nav, I can take it with me - stored locations and previous destinations included.

My unit also has European maps included plus a safety camera locator. The touchscreen system is incredibly easy to use too, but the fact I saved more than £1200 is the biggest bonus.

Current mileage: 2466

Average mpg: 45.2