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TomTom VIA 53

TomTom VIA 53
alaScore 98

36 reviews

Nov, 2017

alaTest has collected and analyzed 36 reviews of TomTom VIA 53. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS for all reviews. Views about the screen and performance are overall positive. The price and maps also get good reviews.

usability, maps, price, performance, screen

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the TomTom VIA 53 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 98/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by: Phil Hall (

TomTom Via 53 review


And easy to use and functional sat nav with decent connectivity

Easy to use ; Excellent mapping ; Live traffic updates ; Hands-free calling and text messaging ; Voice control

Only around an hour of battery life ; Slow to boot up ; Chunky design

Easy to use with a decent touchscreen and connectivity options, the TomTom Via 53 doesn't disappoint for the price.

Sep, 2017

Expert review by: Marc Chacksfield (

TomTom Via 52 review


A decent sat nav at a decent price

Easy to use ; Decent on-board storage ; Excellent navigation

Mount release is cumbersome ; Battery life is poor ; Takes time to boot up

The TomTom Via 52 is a respectable mid-range sat nav that offers more than it should for its price. Easy to setup, with clear menus and guidance, if you fancy upgrading from Google Maps on your phone, then you’ve come to the right place.

Mar, 2017

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TomTom Via 53 review

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The five-inch TomTom Via 53 EU has built-in wi-fi, lifetime map updates and Bluetooth for hands-free calling. We've been impressed by previous TomTom Via devices, so will this sat nav be given the green light? We put it to the test so read our full sat...

Jun, 2017

Consumer review by: BXFour (

Lives up to its name brand.


The instructions are very good but realistically there will be times where it gets confusing and you should never depend 100% on a GPS you have to use your common sense too. My last Tom Tom was literally a dum dum but this model lives up to its name. I...

Unlimited maps, unlimited traffic, ease of use, nice big interface. Overall best GPS I've used in some years. It's fast to pick up satellite, ready to go in seconds versus minutes on some other models I've used. Once you create your TomTom account it...

None that I come to mind

May, 2014

Consumer review by: Sat nav (

Tom Tom via 2


Brought this for a present and I'm very pleased with it easy to understand and has a big screen to use.I would recommend this item to anybody

Oct, 2017

Consumer review by: linda (



had it a week brought has a upgrade very pleased with it

Oct, 2017

Consumer review by: sally (



Very easy to use best thing I have ever brought be easy for my husband to use

Oct, 2017

Consumer review by: Jamm (

Easy to use


Easy to set up and use, good visual and clear direction

Oct, 2017

Consumer review by: Whitey (

Good value satnav


Bought for myself as was cheaper than buying updates for the built in Sat nav in my car. Is very very slow to load up when first switched on for the day and the touch screen is glitchy. However it works well, avoids traffic well and the announcements...

Sep, 2017

Consumer review by: (

Wrong description not world maps its UK and Ireland only


It's not a world map sat nav it has only UK and Ireland maps.Plan to go to france that's why i bought this but when i checked it it has only those 2 maps installed.What a waste of time and i have to return it and they even charge for delivery fee which...

Aug, 2017

Product Specifications


Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes
Spoken languages:- Afrikaans\n- Arabic\n- Australian English\n- Bulgarian\n- Catalan\n- Croatian\n- Czech\n- Danish\n- Dutch\n- Dutch Belgium\n- Finnish\n- French\n- German\n- Greek\n- Hungarian\n- Irish English\n- Italian\n- Lithuanian\n- New Zealand English\n- Norwegian\n- Polish\n- Portuguese\n- Portuguese Brazil\n- Serbian\n- Slovenian\n- Spanish\n- Spanish (Latin American)\n- Spanish Argentina/Latin\n- Spanish Chile\n- Swedish\n- Turkish\n- UK English\n- US English


Built-in camera: No


Color of product:Black
Form Factor:Fixed / Handheld/Fixed


Display Diagonal:5
Display Resolution:480 x 272
Native Aspect Ratio:16:9
Touch screen: Yes
Widescreen: Yes

Energy Management

Battery life (max):3
Power source type:Battery, Cigar lighter

GPS Performance


GPS Type

Auto:Y / Yes
Aviation:N / No
Camper/Caravan:N / No
Geocaching (GPS stash hunt):N / No
Golf:N / No
Marine (chartplotters, sounders):N / No
Outdoor (hiking, trekking):N / No
Sport (fitness, running):N / No
Truck:N / No

GPS type



License term:Lifetime
License term in years:Lifetime
Lifetime map updates:Y / Yes
Map coverage:All Europe / Canada, Mexico, USA
Maps included:Y / Yes


Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash)
Internal storage capacity:16 / 8
Storage media type:Flash


Lane guidance:Y
Lifetime TomTom Traffic:Y
Quick search:Y
Traffic Message Channel (TMC):Y
Voice commands:Y


Bluetooth:No / Y
Bluetooth functions:Handsfree calling

Packaging Content

Cables included:USB / UTP
Car power adapter included:Y / Yes
Manual: Yes
Window mount holder included:Y


Battery life (max):1 / 3
Power source type:Battery, Cigar lighter

Technical Details

Integrated mounting: Yes
IQ Routes: Yes
IQ Routes technology:Y
Languages support:BUL, Cat, CZE, DAN, German, Dutch, English, Spanish, EST, FIN, French, GRE, HUN, Italian, LAV, LIT, NOR, POL, Portuguese, SLK, SLV, SWE, TUR / Multi
Lifetime Traffic Updates: Yes
Map Share technology: Yes
Road camera report:Y
Road camera report license term:3
Split screen control: Yes
Text-to-speech message reader: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.937 / 1.3
Height:0.807 / 3.7
Weight:7.37 / 7.7
Width:5.31 / 5.69