2012 Fiat 500: The Optional Nav
March 21, 2012
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.
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.
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