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TomTom Start 52

alaTest has collected and analyzed 226 reviews of TomTom Start 52. 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. People really like the price and size. The screen and performance are also mentioned favorably.

usability, performance, screen, size, price

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the TomTom Start 52 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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TomTom Start 52 review

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The TomTom Start 52 is an entry-level sat nav with a 5-inch screen. It lacks some of the features of pricier models, including traffic data, but can it get you from A to B without stress? Read on to find out.

Jun, 2016

Expert review by: Sami Mughal (

Review: TomTom Start 52 – The best starter pack for all your Sat Nav needs


Satellite navigation devices have been around for a long time, and the name TomTom is synonymous with the sat nav device. Since their advent, travelling around the world has become[...]

The device itself offers a great experience, though lacks on certain features that users with smartphones will be used to. However, it offers a great option to users who want to get a basic sat nav without spending too much.

Jul, 2016

Consumer review by: Tazo (

Best satnav


Best satnav I have bought I used this on a holiday to Scotland and its was what you expected

Dec, 2017

Consumer review by: Viktoryia (

TOMTOM Start 52 5" Sat Nav - Western Europe Maps


Don't like how this tomtom works

Dec, 2017

Consumer review by: Mark (

TOMTOM Start 52 5" Sat Nav - Western Europe Maps


Maps are well out even though I've updated

Dec, 2017

Consumer review by: zelan (

I am using for driving lessons and dvsa recommend.


Very good product, if you are buying for driving school this is a good and recommended by DVSA .new driving test change coming the dvsa all exam they were going to use this. Size bit smaller. Design little light.

Nov, 2017

Consumer review by: Moe (

TomTom START 52 5 Inch Sat Nav UK & ROI Lifetime Maps


Good service, very efficient

Nov, 2017

Consumer review by: Penny (

Does the job


Good satnav. Good size. Clear picture. Easy to use in terms of the settings Occasionally advises me of junctions too late or positioning of junction is incorrect (dual carriageway/motorway only) Can be a bit slow when setting up. Think it's because...

Nov, 2017

Consumer review by: Claire (

TOMTOM Start 52 5" Sat Nav - Western Europe Maps


As a driving instructor it is easy for me to record routes that can be used for the future.

This is probably the worst sat nav I have ever owned it doesn't give clear instruction. Often it will say to go round the roundabout but doesn't tell you what exit until the last second. It tells you to go around the roundabout when there isn't one. If...

Nov, 2017

Consumer review by: Mr Gibson (

TOMTOM Start 52 5" Sat Nav - Western Europe Maps


It was in stock.

None yet.

Nov, 2017

Product Specifications


Built-in camera: No


Color of product:Black
Form Factor:Handheld/Fixed


Display Diagonal:5
Display Resolution:480 x 272
Pixel density:109
Placement supported:Horizontal
Touch screen: Yes
Widescreen: Yes

Energy Management

Battery life (max):1
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Power source type:Battery, Cigar lighter

GPS Performance


GPS Type

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

GPS type



Lifetime map updates: Yes
Map coverage:All Europe / Western Europe
Map view options:2D/3D
Maps included: Yes


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


Lane guidance: Yes
Lifetime TomTom Traffic:Y
Live service: Yes
Live Traffic Message Channel (TMC):N
Speed limits: Yes
Traffic Message Channel (TMC):No / Yes

Operational Conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 45
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 45
Storage temperature (T-T):-20 - 35 / -20 - 50
Storage temperature range (T-T):-20 - 35 / -20 - 50

Packaging Content

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

Packaging Data

Package dimensions (WxDxH):7.4 x 2.28 x 4.76
Package weight:15.4

Ports & interfaces

Micro-USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
USB connectivity:Y


Battery life (max):1
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Power source type:Battery, Cigar lighter

Technical Details

Advanced Lane Guidance: Yes
Color of product:Black
Form Factor:Handheld/Fixed
Languages support:CZE, DAN, German, Dutch, English, EST, FIN, French, GRE, HUN, Italian, LAV, LIT, NOR, POL, Portuguese, SLK, SLV, SWE, TUR / CZE, DEU, SLK / Multi
Lifetime map updates: Yes
Text-to-speech message reader: Yes
TomTom Speed Cameras: Yes
USB connectivity: Yes
USB port:Micro USB

Weight & Dimensions

Height:3.25 / 3.56
Weight:7.37 / 8.29
Width:4.92 / 4.94 / 5.67