By Jennifer Newman on December 14, 2011
With its sleek looks, the 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque lets everyone know that it isn't the average crossover. The interior looks just as good as the exterior, but we found this five-seat crossover had our car-seat testers frustrated because of the difficult-to-use Latch anchors.
For the Car Seat Check, we use a Graco SnugRide 30 rear-facing infant-safety seat, a Britax Roundabout convertible child-safety seat and Graco high-back TurboBooster seat.
The front seats are adjusted to a comfortable position for a 6-foot driver and a 5-foot-8 passenger. The three child seats are installed in the second row. The booster seat sits behind the driver's seat, and the infant seat and convertible seats are installed behind the passenger seat. We also install the infant seat in the second row's middle seat with the booster and convertible in the outboard seats to see if three car seats will fit. If there's a third row, we install the booster seat and a forward-facing convertible.
Here's how the 2012 Evoque did in Cars.com's Car Seat Check:
Latch system: The Evoque has two sets of lower Latch anchors in the outboard seats. The Latch anchors are buried between the back and bottom seat cushions and difficult to use. After installing several child-safety seats, we were able to work with the Latch anchors, but there really shouldn't be a learning curve to a car's Latch system.
There are three tether anchors in the Evoque. They're easy to use and found midway down the rear seatbacks.
Booster seat: The rear seats have bolsters that pushed our high-back booster seat off at an angle. The seatbacks don't recline in the Evoque, but the head restraints are removable, which might help some car seats get a better fit. Our booster also covered the seat belt buckle, which sits in a deep well in the bottom seat cushion. To buckle the booster in, we had to scoot it off the buckle. This is often a frustrating process for both kids and parents.
Convertible seat: The outboard seats' bottom cushions are a little longer than the middle seat, so the forward-facing convertible seat fit well on it. To fit the rear-facing convertible, we had to move the front passenger seat forward. The front passenger had enough legroom, but not tons of it.
How many car seats fit in the second row? Two
Editor's note: For three car seats — infant-safety seat, convertible and booster seats — to fit in a car, our criterion is that a child sitting in the booster seat must be able to reach the seat belt buckle. Parents should also remember that they can use the Latch system or a seat belt to install a car seat.
Assistant Managing Editor Jennifer Newman is a certified car-seat technician. A mom of two, she owns a 2013 Subaru Outback crammed with sports gear. Email Jennifer