The nüvi 1240 has a pre-loaded speed camera database (a regularly updated service is £30 per year) plus European mapping built-in.

Tie that up with optional cityXplorer guides to help you get around on foot or public transport (around £7.50 per map) and you’ve a comprehensive package.

Road to success?

The 1240 costs more than the TomTom Start, but it does feel a more sophisticated offering.

Graphics are grown-up, the scrolling interface is classy and extras such as downloadable AA Travel Guides sweeten the deal.

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True, the mounting mechanism seems cumbersome, but features such as the ecoRoute fuel-saver navigation and the pedestrian-friendly spec help to compensate.

In an emergency, just tap the car icon for your coordinates, local vehicle recovery services and directions to petrol stations.  

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Garmin nuvi 1240 review

Grown-up performance from an incredibly small device – perfect for the regular Euro traveller