Garmin nuvi 2518LT-D 5" Sat Nav with UK and Ireland Maps, Free Lifetime Digital Traffic Alerts and Bluetooth
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- Easy to use bright 5" touchscreen sat nav includes preloaded street maps for UK and Ireland
- FREE Lifetime Digital Traffic - Fast, accurate and continuous updates let you know if the road ahead is blocked, length of delay and alternative routes
- Sync with a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone for hands-free calling
- Real Directions provide clear guidance using recognisable buildings and landmarks as reference. Exclusive to Garmin
- Active Lane Guidance uses voice prompts and visual cues to help you navigate exits with confidence
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Style Name: UK & Ireland Maps/Bluetooth/Traffic Alerts | Size: 5-inch Screen
A Complete Navigation Experience for a Safe, Fast and Stress-Free Journey
With Garmin’s fast and accurate digital traffic service, Real Directions for more natural instructions, speed camera alerts and much more, the 5-inch nüvi 2518LT-D (Digital) is a sat nav designed to give you a safe, fast and stress-free journey.
Crisp, High Resolution Display
nüvi 2518LT-D has a 5.0" high resolution display and dual-orientation capabilities allow you to use either horizontally or vertically.
nüvi 2518LT-D arrives loaded with detailed maps of the UK and Ireland. It is also preloaded with Points of Interest (POIs) such as businesses, stores, restaurants and other destinations. There’s no need for you to enter that address information. Just select one — or many — and navigate there, quickly and easily. You also have the ability to add custom POIs.
Keep moving with Garmin Digital Traffic – It’s fast, accurate, and free1.
Digital Traffic provides continuous and accurate updates on the super-fast digital network. It is twice as fast as many other sat navs: if there are queues ahead you’ll know about them. It will accurately pinpoint any incidents and delay times then give clear and simple directions for alternative routes. With Garmin Digital Traffic you’re always in control.
There are no ongoing subscriptions as it is a Lifetime service – simply use out of the box – for free.
On the nüvi 2518LT-D, traffic alerts appear to the side of your map, so your driving map remains onscreen. Traffic messages are spoken, too so you’re not distracted from the road. You get details about the situation, such as how many minutes of delay to expect and if there are any possible detours. It can even confirm whether or not you are on the fastest route.
Lifetime traffic² entitles your nüvi 2518LT-D to receive free traffic information for its entire useful life.
Keep an eye on the latest speed cameras
nüvi 2518LT-D contains Garmin's Cyclops Speed Camera system, for real-time, direction-relevant and accurate alerts. The full safety camera database is already pre-loaded on your sat nav. However, you can get regular or one-off updates to ensure you’ve always got the latest camera locations, so you can drive safety and legally.
Garmin Real Directions with Garmin Real Voice
nüvi 2518LT-D comes with Garmin’s Real Navigation. This includes Real Directions that guide like a friend, using recognisable landmarks, buildings and traffic lights. For example you may be advised to “turn left over tower bridge” or to “turn right after the cathedral”. Using prominent milestones even on unfamiliar roads means you’re not constantly trying to read street names, making your journey much easier and ensures you’re never misled. Along with this you also get a more natural sounding voice and realistic images of road signs.
Bluetooth Handsfree Calling
Sync your Bluetooth-enabled phone to nüvi 2518LT-Digital for hands-free calling through its integrated microphone and speaker. Safely stow your phone in a glove compartment, pocket or purse and still make and take calls without moving your hands from the steering wheel or your eyes from the road.
Comprehensive Driving Guidance You See and Hear
Active Lane Guidance with voice prompts prepares you to drive through an exit or junction with confidence. As you approach, an animated model uses brightly coloured arrows to indicate the proper lane needed for your route; a friendly voice offers additional help
photoReal junction view realistically displays junctions and road changes along your route, including the surrounding landscape and road signs. Again, arrows indicate the proper lane to be in.
For complicated junctions, Bird’s Eye junction view offers a detailed aerial picture of the road network, looking down as if from overhead.
More Information at a Glance
nüvi 2518LT-D keeps your driving map onscreen at all times and additional information appears alongside. For details simply touch the screen. As you drive your route, the ‘Up Ahead’ feature constantly informs you of nearby services, including restaurants, petrol stations, hospitals and stores.
nüvi 2518LT-D displays speed limit, current speed and accurate time of arrival. With a quick glance, you can read the name of your current street.
One-stop Device Management
Use Gamin Express online to keep your nüvi up-to-date. Garmin Express makes it easy to update maps and software, transfer favourites to and from devices, and install free custom vehicles and voices.
1Lifetime traffic terms and conditions online
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|Screen Size||4.3" or 5"||4.3" or 5"||4.3" or 5"||4.3" or 5"||4.3", 5" or 7"|
|Map Coverage||UK/ROI||UK/ROI||UK/ROI and Western Europe||UK/ROI and Western Europe||UK/ROI and Full Europe|
|Free Lifetime Map Updates||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Free Lifetime Traffic Alerts||Digital Traffic||Digital Traffic||Digital Traffic||Digital Traffic||Digital Traffic|
|Junction View||PhotoReal and BirdsEye Junction View||PhotoReal and BirdsEye Junction View||PhotoReal and BirdsEye Junction View||PhotoReal and BirdsEye Junction View||PhotoReal and BirdsEye Junction View|
|Active Lane Guidance||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Garmin Real Directions||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Bluetooth for hands-free calling||✔||✔||✔|
|Automatic Voice Control||✔|
|Up Ahead Points of Interest||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Dual Orientation Display||Manual||Manual||Manual||Manual||Manual|
Garmin Nuvi 2518LT-D
Lifetime traffic antenna/vehicle power cable
Vehicle suction cup mount
Quick start manual
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Top Customer Reviews
1. Retains a compact 5" screen that will go into a trouser pocket to take with you.
2. It remembers where you last left the car automatically, so it's easy to find your way back in a strange town without the pain of having to retrace your steps.
3. The screen is very high resolution and extremely clear.
4. The screen will orientate itself like an iPhone, so it can be mounted horizontally, or vertically, without having to manually change anything.
5. Very fast processing speed
6. Excellent "photo real" junctions, but limited to only motorway intersections (apparently), so naff all use in Cornwall!
7. Excellent screen mount.
8. Fabulous voice recognition software - first class! Also retains telephone hands free calling - something now denied to TomTom users.
9. User options on it are much more extensive and less "Noddy" than current TomToms.
1. Disappointingly infrequent map and software updates.
2. Traffic services not a patch on TomTom Live Services. Do not think that you're getting the same thing!
3. Wiring much clumsier and the ridiculous radio antennae (to pick up traffic broadcasts), that they suggest you stick to the windscreen, directly in your line of sight (!!!), is at least 6 years out of date. The single worst aspect of the unit.
4. Unbelievably, if you want to upload the latest maps (a free option that the marketing makes a lot of), you'll need to buy more memory or it simply won't load!!Read more ›
The issue I had with all the reviews is that they are very mixed. Lots of people adore a specific SatNav, and lots of people hate the same unit! This makes it very difficult for people like me to establish which is the best to go for.
I have had an old TomTom One unit for many years, and whilst it was okay it did struggle with some of the navigation. I also spent a whole day connecting it up and getting the latest maps etc. which was a total nightmare with TomTom (something others have commented on in their reviews).
I do a lot of miles in a car, though largely on motorways and A roads. I live on the South Coast of the UK so I am frequently up the M3, the A34 to the M40, and north of Bimingham to Manchester or up to Doncaster and back.
My key requirements were: 1. Good screen that is easy to read in the daytime but also when dimmed at night/early mornings. 2. Live traffic updates. 3. Decent navigation accuracy. I have no need for voice activation as I typically put a postcode in and 3 hours later I arrive. I also have no need for integrated Bluetooth or mobile as I also have a phone installed.
In terms of the screen, this unit is really good. Clear, no fuss, nice alerts at the top of the screen, easy to setup and it worked out of the box. At night it auto-dims (or you can set the brightness manually) and I've done around 5,000 miles with it and still find it a great screen. I typically have it on mute, but you can turn the volume down to a low level and still be alerted to speed cameras etc. without intrusion (nothing worse than a SatNav constantly beeping at you - this one doesn't, and you can configure the warning sounds etc).Read more ›
Real-signs are shown which actually look like the ones on the motorway
Junction numbers come up on screen and are spoken making navigation easier
The digital traffic is the best I have ever used, 30 second updates make the information meaningful and you can see delays building long in front of you, helping you make informed decisions about routing. This is far superior to TomTom traffic which I have been using for 4 years and thought theirs was good.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Owned this for over 2 years and used regularly.
Good - Feels a quality product
Bad - Traffic feature useless, do not buy if this is important to you, worst of both... Read more
purchased this satellite in June 2014 - excellent until last year. when overheated disconnects it self, starts reloading maps every few seconds and becomes unusable. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Babs from Surrey
Nice unit, but after updates i get an error message stating i'm using the wrong lead and the unit will no longer charge, or be recognised by garmin expess so i can't update. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Ian Wylie from Guernsey.
Product good, large and clear display, however, may want to rethink the cable to upload life time maps from computer to Sat Nav that comes with product, I can register product... Read morePublished 1 month ago by leanne byers