Since the early days of the TomTom One, Go 300, 500 & 700, each year has seen TomTom release a new bunch of models, each iteration of release improving on the sat nav design and introducing new features. This year, however, it’s less of an overhaul and more of a tweak to the existing range. Whilst Garmin have launched their new 2017 sat nav models with brand new designs, TomTom have chosen to leave the design of their sat navs as it is and it’s all about the feature set.

The headline feature of the in-car sat navs is support for large vehicles, which is a big enough enhancement to warrant a new category of TomTom models in their own right – aptly named the TomTom Professional.

 

What are the TomTom Professional?

In June 2017, TomTom have quietly rolled out a handful of new models, all with the word ‘Professional’ added to the title. The new models are:

TomTom GO Professional 520 (5″, traffic via connected phone)
TomTom GO Professional 620 (6″, traffic via connected phone)
TomTom GO Professional 5200 (5″, traffic via inbuilt sim)
TomTom GO Professional 6200 (6″, traffic via inbuilt sim)
TomTom GO Professional 6250 (6″, traffic via inbuilt sim – see below for difference to 6200)

 

So, as you’d expect, these models follow the same design and specs of the associated Go 520, Go 620, Go 6200. Although there’s no ‘un-professional’ Go 6250, so that’s a brand new model.

 

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The ‘Professional’ element is the same software applied to each of these models. The new software includes:

Customised routes for truck, coach and van.
In effect, this means that the installed TomTom maps are fully up to date with the latest weight and width restrictions on the roads, so once it knows your vehicle dimensions it won’t send you down a road that’s too narrow, or over a bridge that has a weight restriction. It will re-route accordingly and give you the safe & legal way. These specialist maps mean that you’ll get a more accurate arrival time based on your vehicle max speeds etc.

Dedicated POI for truck, coach and van.
If you’re driving a large vehicle, chances are that you’ll have a different agenda to a car driver, and these dedicated points-of-interest are going to be relevant to your needs, E.g. large vehicle petrol stations, parking space and service centres. These POIs are relevant throughout the whole of Europe.

And as with the standard TomTom models, the professional versions include Wi-Fi, Siri & Google integration, TomTom traffic, Hands-free calling, MyDrive route planning, and lifetime map updates (in this case the lifetime maps include lifetime updates of large vehicle POIs).
There are also a couple of other additions to the software, including ‘Stopped traffic alerts’, which warns of blackspots and gives an alert indicating how far back from an accident traffic is queued.

 

TomTom Go Professional

 

No mention of campervans and caravans?
Strangely, TomTom seem to be focussing of trucks, coaches and vans, there’s no mention of campervans & caravans. However, in reality, we can’t see any reason why the professional models wouldn’t prove equally valuable for campers, based on the vehicle dimensions. Alternatively, take a look at the Garmin dedicated Campervan sat navs on our page here.

What about the TomTom Truck 5000 & 6000?
These models are based on the older TomTom Go 5000 & 6000 models, so don’t have the latest features such as Wi-Fi and Hands-free calling. But other than that, the mapping and functionality is very similar.

What’s the difference between the TomTom Professional 6200 and the TomTom Professional 6250?
The 6200 comes with 1 years traffic and speed camera updates. You can then choose to extend the period if you want to (for approx £49.95 a year). The 6250 comes with these free for life.