Pioneer delivers with entertaining new HDD sat-nav

When we’re behind the wheel, the more gadgets at our fingertips, the better. In our dreams, the cockpit of our motor looks like KITT from Knightrider’

When we’re behind the wheel, the more gadgets at our fingertips, the better. In our dreams, the cockpit of our motor looks like KITT from Knightrider’s, just without the 1980s TV legend (and Germany’s favourite pop star) sat in the driving seat.

We’re equally fanatical about convergence too, so when we clapped eyes on this all-in-one sat-nav/hands-free/entertainment centre, it’s fair to say we became a little moist around the lips.

Snappily named the AVIC-HD1BT, it dominates your dash with a 7in TFT screen that handles both navigation and DVD playback, while also supplying the large intuitive touch screen menu.

Bluetooth allows pairing with a mobile for hands-free use, and you can load your phone book - complete with caller ID pics for quicker recognition while driving - into the system’s memory.

For navigation you can choose to split the screen into two, giving you an overview of the whole trip and also your immediate surroundings. When planning a journey the system will offer you six different possible routes so you can choose scenic but slow, or boring but brisk. It comes with TMC traffic updates as standard too.

In addition to all the regular sat-nav stuff, its hard drive is partitioned, with 10GB aside for music - it’ll rip any CD you feed it, complete with album info. It’s also iPod compatible, with control taken over by the on-screen menu, leaving you to hide the iPod out of sight in a compartment between the two front seats.

That said, the whole system will relieve your aching wallet of £2,300 while a TomTom Go 910 will perform nearly the same sat-nav and music functions for a quarter of the price. Is it really worth all that extra dosh just to feel like David Hasselhoff?

Fully installed, and not a TomTom wire in sight

Essentials

Pioneer AVIC-HD1BT

Price: £2,300

On sale: Now

Contact: Pioneer

 

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