Sygic vs Google Maps | A Detailed Comparison of Both (2020)

Sygic vs Google Maps
Sygic vs Google Maps

Sygic may not support public transport, but it a service backed with powerful AI. Google Maps, on the other hand, is impressive and famous.

How both are different and which one is better where? In this blog post, we are going to compare Sygic vs Google Maps. The comparison covers many features and at last, which one is better where.

Table of contents

Sygic vs Google Maps

Video

Before we start, let’s take a look at the comparison video. This video covers basic functionalities and how both perform on the road.

Routing

Sygic vs Google Maps - Routing
Sygic vs Google Maps – Routing

Routing is essential because you don’t want to stuck in traffic. Google Maps gets the data from Android devices, the app itself, and many other GPS enabled devices around the world. Sygic uses TomTom Traffic navigation, and the data is updated every two minutes from over 400 million vehicles.

To find a prominent service, I took a test drive of 9 kilometres (5.5 Miles). Take a look at the below table for the results of the test drive.

ServiceETA on startETA on endDist. on startDist. on endNo. of reroutes
Sygic16:4216:508.9 km9.4 km2
Google Maps16:4516:508.8 km9.4 km4

Regarding the traffic, Google Maps was more accurate, while both could not cope with the real-time traffic changes. Sygic has a feature of suggesting if a better route is available, which can help sometimes.

Voice and offline navigation

Sygic comes with a few languages including English UK, US, Deutsch, Italiano and a couple more. Google Maps offers a wide range of voice options, including English, Deutsch, Eesti, Filipino, Italiano, Magyar, Norsk, Suomi. Regarding voice command, Google Maps is better. Google Maps voice navigation only guides at the needed times, while Sygic voice navigation guides even there is no turning required.

Regarding offline availability, Google Maps allows downloading maps of about 70 kilometres area at a time. You can download different areas for free. You can also toggle on/off the offline navigation. With Sygic, it depends on your plan. You can download the purchased regions.

Read Waze vs Google Maps

Reporting

The second most essential section of Sygic vs Google Maps is reporting. The more features the service has, the better. Take a look at the below table for all the supported features.

FeatureSygicGoogle Maps
Speed camera✔️
Speed limit✔️
Vehicle’s speed✔️✔️
Static speed camera✔️
Mobile speed cameraUser-provided
CrashUser-provided
CongestionUser-provided
RoadworksUser-provided
Road closureUser-provided
Object on roadUser-provided
Disabled vehicleUser-provided
Fuel prices✔️
Disabled vehicleUser-provided

Transit options



There is no comparison regarding transit options. Sygic is only for private vehicles, while Google Maps offers options including car, public transport, cycle, walk, taxi, rideshare etc.

Sygic store

Sygic offers a store where users can purchase add-ons. It comes with a handful of add-ons mentioned below.

  1. Dashcam
  2. Real view navigation
  3. Cockpit
  4. Head-up display

Each add-on can be purchased separately as well as with plans.

Other features

Let’s talk about some of the unique features both services provide. Sygic and Google Maps have a few things in common and a few uncommon.

Common

  • Both show nearby places on the map while driving.
  • Google Maps Timeline tool saves your driving activity, while Sygic has a similar tool called Sygic Travel book.

Sygic

  • A small window which is visible on the right side of the screen shows how many lanes are in total and which lane the driver should be driving on. The feature makes driving more comfortable.
  • When we get close to our destination, Sygic shows a notification with the nearest parking.
  • Sygic has a store with some fantastic add-ons.
  • Sygic remembers where you park your car.
  • SOS feature shows your location, nearest police station, hospital, petrol station, and pharmacy.
  • Sygic offers to preview the journey.

Google Maps

  • Google Maps shows lanes on the top at an intersection. It shows how many lanes in total and which lane the driver should choose.
  • Find the information for millions of businesses, including their business hours, reviews, ratings, photos etc.
  • Street-view feature to experience true navigation.
  • Real-Time street view while walking.

Read HERE WeGo vs Waze

Which one is better where?

  • For public transport, Google Maps.
  • Google Maps is better regarding traffic, but it always stays on the route, which was suggested in the beginning.

The most important question is whether you want to spend money. Sygic is not free, which is a fine line between Sygic vs Google Maps.

In conclusion

Both are great and can be used on different occasions. I hope the article helped. Feel free to share your views in the comments below so we can discuss more.

Discloser: The images used are the screenshots and are the property of the developer/publisher.

7 thoughts on “Sygic vs Google Maps | A Detailed Comparison of Both (2020)”

  1. Nice comparison. Completely agree sygic is better overall. Funny thing happens on one of my tablets, essentially there was a sygic product that they pulled and I’m sure you’ve seen how their navigation apps are so similar to each other with relatively minor differences. I think mine is called sygic taxi which they no longer provide and since they pulled it from the play store when I was in the middle of a free trial on my rooted tablet, it just never stopped the professional / full set of features so thankfully I have this psychic taxi products unlimited without even having to pay for it. Just an anecdote I thought I would share.

  2. I am just investigating sygic as I am told it can connect to my Ford Sync3 infotainment system. However there seem to be 2 completely separate apps?? Can you shed any light on this?

    1. Hi, Chris. There is a separate app Sygic Car Connected Navigation, but I have never tried that. Sygic gives seven days of a free trial. You can try installing and see if it works for you

  3. Donald Schoengold

    As long as you download the area (read country or state) maps, Sygic works offline seamlessly. Google does not work offline as well.

    DON

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