What Car? test: road atlases - 1st Philips Navigator Britain £19.99
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With the majority of mapping at a scale of 1:100,000, this atlas is so detailed you could do a road rally along farm tracks with it. Despite this, the atlas manages to remain uncluttered. Better still are the town maps, which are highly detailed and even have their own indexes of road names and grid references.
Ease of operation
Everything is clearly labelled, making it easy to find everything you need. Its near-A4 sized pages strike a good balance between information and practicality. Speed camera locations are marked with the speed limit. The plastic cover is durable, and there's no gaping seam between its glued pages.
If you shop around online, you'll hammer the list price down to a more reasonable level, and bag yourself a great atlas for sensible money.
This is a no-nonsense atlas, so, although it does contain plenty of special features, the focus is on providing clear, detailed mapping. It's well indexed, easy to navigate and the only mild complaint is that the paper feels a little thin, and could rip.
The town, airport and port maps are the crown jewels and the best we've seen, providing huge levels of detail. Other information is fairly standard, and includes route-planning maps, mobile speed camera locations and distance tables.
- 1st Philips Navigator Britain £19.99
- 2nd A-Z Super Scale GB Road Atlas £14.50
- 3rd Collins Superscale Britain £14.99
- 4th AA 2008 Road Atlas Britain £14.99
- 5th RAC 2008 Road Atlas Britain £9.99
- 6th AA 2008 Easy Read Britain £14.99
- 7th Collins Road Atlas Britain £12.99
- 8th Philip's Compact Atlas Britain £9.99
- 9th Philips Road Atlas Britain £10.99
- 10th Michelin Tourist Atlas £10.99
- 11th A-Z Handy Road Atlas GB £6.95
- 12th Collins Handy Atlas Britain £4.99