City roads are changing every day and the absence of road signs can often send you the wrong way, more so if you’re out of the city exploring remote areas. Using GPS technology helps you find your way.

However, very few people are aware about GPS navigation systems. Here’s a CarToq compilation of in-car GPS navigation systems in India.

First off, let’s understand what an in-car GPS navigation system does for you. GPS stands for Global Positioning System. It is a space-based global navigation satellite system which helps locate a GPS device anywhere in the world. So once the system knows where you are, it can point your car to the destination with the help of an on screen map.

Some popular brands for navigation systems in India are SatGuide, MapmyIndia, Garmin etc. There are several types of navigation systems available in the market; we have classified these systems on the basis of their prices and features.

Mobile Navigation Applications

Rs. 150 to Rs. 2,500

Navigation applications for smartphones and business phones are the least expensive means of in-car navigation. Apart from basic applications that can be installed for free, there are also applications offered by companies like Satguide and MapmyIndia.

These applications are available for Windows Mobile, Android, Symbian phones etc. They have a simple and easy to use interface with comprehensive map coverage thanks to preloaded maps. However is becomes cumbersome to try and navigate using the small screens on most phones and hence it is best to install an entry level navigation system.

Basic Navigation System

Rs. 5,000 to Rs. 10,000

basic gps navigation devices in india

A basic navigation system will have a touchscreen display to display your maps. These systems provide turn by turn navigation along with other useful features like audio/video playback. Most popular devices come with screens in the range of 3.5 inch to 4 inch screens; however a larger screen size doesn’t always mean a better system or higher price.

A quick look at what these devices offer.

  • Map navigation
  • Create itinerary
  • Plan routes
  • Locate places of interest
  • Wide map coverage
  • Map browsing
  • Connectivity features

Some systems also double up as hands free calling devices as they are equipped with Bluetooth and can be connected to your cell phones.

Advanced Navigation System

Rs. 11,000 to Rs. 25,000

advanced gps

These devices are a step above and provide more than just basic navigation. Apart from the aforementioned features these systems also have certain other advantages. Some additional features you get on top-end systems are a 2 DIN in Car entertainment system, GPS Antenna, a rear view camera, head rest monitors etc.

So you get more than just a screen that helps you map your route. You get support for DVD playback, AM/FM, Bluetooth, turn- to- turn GPS Navigation, Windows compatible gaming, TV, SD card slot, USB, Mobile office, i-pod connectivity.

If you have a GPS device, share with us features you find useful and any other details.


  1. Thanks dws, been asking around for this, but was unable to find data in one spot, Now need one more thing, Which is a more reliable product, satguide or mapmyindia.

  2. I was having the discussion around using a GPS in Delhi NCR a week ago with my office colleagues. The article certainly gives me some clarity of thought.

  3. Do you want an in-dash system that’s integrated to your car’s music system or a standalone device? For standalone’s Garmin devices are good (avg around Rs. 15,000). For in-dash entertainment system including navigation – look at AV systems from JVC, Pioneer etc – you’ll have to attach a separate GPS transmitter to get navigation on the system. Costs are upwards of Rs. 30,000 for the whole set up.

  4. I have been using Mapmyindia for more than a year now….good maps, lots of details, and very good clarity of road details. Also their updates are good and easy to down load..I would say go with Mapmyindia. I had got my Garmin Hardware from US, purchase the Maps from Maymyindia and works well from the day I have started using…no complaints..happy with the product…

  5. I have installed blackberry playbook in my car as a navigation and entertainment device by connecting the playbook through aux cable to play music and videos and I can also browse internet and watch youtube videos in my car by tehtering my blackberry phone for mobile internet connection. I think its a perfect navigation cum entertainment in car device.

  6. He he i use free GPS from my Nokia 5230!!,The mobile company has also provided me the mobile holder for cars.simple way yaar just pay 7k and install ovi maps it even has positing methods drivr option:)

  7. Sharma, I use mobile GPS in city purpose only as it is needed there. You should buy a good branded Electrical port which costs you Rs 400,so it wont harm your battery, which i have purchased but still its worth than this:)

  8. I would like to know if the voice from GPS navigator(MMI) can be routed to the head unit (cars ICE) and work like the VAS(read as Vioce Assit Sys.) in Scorpio.

  9. I use modded version of Google maps (Brut Maps) for Navigation in my phone.. I attach the phone to a car holder, and connect the audio out (head phone) to the Aux input of the head unit.. That’s all, i get to hear voice navigation through car speakers and route is displayed in real time in the phone.

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