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2012 Fiat 500: The Optional Nav

March 21, 2012

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When we first got our 2012 Fiat 500, we spent a significant amount of time deciding what we should/should not get on it. One of the items we dismissed first was the $400 TomTom navigation system.

Too bad, too, because this system is kind of neat.


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The TomTom navigation system fits into a small bracket that plugs directly into the dash (and unfortunately right in the lower corner of the driver's field of vision) providing power and easing the connection to the BLUE&ME system.

Here's the bad news: BLUE&ME isn't very good. It's illogical, hard to use and, half the time, worse than doing nothing at all. Fiat / TomTom says the five buttons on the wheel "provide the most comfortable way of controlling your navigation device safely." They aren't.

Here's the good news: TomTom makes really good navigation systems that are easy to use and at no point does this system lock the driver (or passenger) our of directly inputting information.

So it's $400 for, essentially, a really nice cradle and a 4.3" TomTom nav system that'll run you about $100 on Amazon. Is the dock worth $300? No, probably not. Would I shell out $300 on top of a bill that's already $19,200? Yes. Absolutely. It's cooler than a suction-cup mount and doesn't leave spit all over the window.


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For more on the car this nav came in, see Josh's full test of the Fiat 500 Abarth.

Mike Magrath, Features Editor, Edmunds.com

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