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TomTom Start 52

alaTest has collected and analyzed 202 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. Reviewers 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 93/100 = 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: Ian (

TOMTOM Start 52 UK 5" Sat Nav - with UK & ROI Maps


I use this for my job as a driving Instructor ,1st class sat nav.

No bad points.

Nov, 2017

Consumer review by: Bal (

TOMTOM Start 52 UK 5" Sat Nav - with UK & ROI Maps


Pretty easy to use and a decent size.

I personally hate sat navs but due to being a driving instructor and the new test requirements I had to purchase one. So far the sat nav has told me to turn into a no entry road do a u-turn at a roundabout when that was clearly the wrong direction and...

Nov, 2017

Consumer review by: Stuart (

TOMTOM Start 52 UK 5" Sat Nav - with UK & ROI Maps


Recording of routes as you drive - very good!

Attachment swing rather stiff - tight to fix to windscreen - hopefully will loosen with continued use!

Nov, 2017

Consumer review by: Stephen (

TOMTOM Start 52 UK 5" Sat Nav - with UK & ROI Maps


Easy to set up and use

Nov, 2017

Consumer review by: jim (

Slim line and light


I find this model unresponsive compared to my go model.spoke to Tom Tom and they said update it on pc and this should solve the problem which it hasn't. Works okay with a stylus. I will try it again in the next couple of days and take it from there

Nov, 2017

Consumer review by: PeteTheDrive (

Sort of works


I bought this as it's being used on driving tests, I'm a driving instructor. The speed limits aren't accurate, the screen is slow to react and not very sensitive. The speed shown is a few mph out as well. This is the 1st sat nav I've bought, I've used...

Nov, 2017

Consumer review by: julie (

TOMTOM Start 52 UK 5" Sat Nav - with UK & ROI Maps


no love it

Oct, 2017

Consumer review by: ADRIAN (

TOMTOM Start 52 UK 5" Sat Nav - with UK & ROI Maps


Clear display; easy to use

OK as an entry level navigator and no bad points, but a bit limited compared to some other (only slightly more expensive) models that are more flexible

Oct, 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