Alex Robbins is contributing editor at Telegraph Cars where, as well as responding to readers’ queries, he also contributes reviews of new and used cars, together with articles on buying and selling.
His knowledge of the used car market informs his many buying guides relating to the best buys in particular sectors, with an emphasis on value for money. Every week he will answer your questions on buying and selling, as well as solving your car problems, whether consumer or mechanical.
Do you have a motoring dilemma you’d like our expert to solve? For consumer and used car advice, or car faults, email [email protected] and include your subscriber number. This week’s question…
I recently bought a 2014 Jaguar XKR. It’s a beautiful car, but the satellite navigation system needs updating and Jaguar no longer supplies the relevant CD. What can I do?
This is a perennial problem for owners of older Jaguars and Land Rovers, whose sat-nav updates are no longer supported by JLR. I’ve received several questions on this subject recently. In the past I’ve directed readers toward SatNaviShop, an online store that sells updated mapping for these and many other older systems. I’ve no experience of using this business myself, but some readers have got in touch after purchasing updated sat-nav discs to confirm excellent service.
That would be my first port of call. As an alternative, you might also consider switching to a stand-alone sat-nav unit to be fixed to the windscreen. It doesn’t look as slick, but the benefit is that these systems are much more modern in design and software; what’s more, they can be updated more easily, which might become salient if the aftermarket supply of sat-nav updates for the native Jaguar system runs out one day.
One other way of doing it, on the assumption your mobile phone plan has spare data capacity, is to mount your phone on the dashboard using an air vent mount then use an app like Waze as your sat-nav. Your car should have transmitted Bluetooth, so if you connect it that way, you’ll get the navigation directions through your speakers – and the added bonus is that you’ll be able to play music stored on your phone or streamed from the internet.
If you want to be really extravagant, consult a car audio specialist about converting your car’s head unit to work with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. These systems allow you to “mirror” your smartphone on the display, which means you can operate the phone’s sat-nav apps and music player through the car’s screen.
It’s probably the best way of updating your car’s infotainment display, but it isn’t cheap – you won’t get much change from £600 to have such a system fitted to your Jaguar.
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