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2015 Land Rover Range Rover Sport: Car Seat Check

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Fresh off a redesign in 2014, the 2015 Land Rover Range Rover Sport has plenty of upscale features for families who want to roll in high style. The Range Rover Sport can seat five in two rows, as our test car did, or seven with an optional third row. 

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How many car seats fit in the second row? Two, but three narrow car seats could fit.

What We Like

  • The rear-facing infant seat installed easily because of its thin, hooklike Latch connectors. We had to move the front passenger seat forward to fit this car seat, though our 5-foot-8 tester had enough legroom to sit comfortably.
  • Our high-back booster seat installed easily in this SUV, and its seat bolsters helped to keep the car seat in place. The seat belt buckles are on stable bases, which make it easier for young kids to buckle up on their own.

What We Don’t

  • The two sets of lower Latch anchors in the outboard seats are difficult to use because the leather seat cushions are stiff and block access to the anchors. There are three tether anchors at the base of the seatbacks. They’re hard to find and use because they sit just below the cargo floor.
  • Installing the convertible in rear- and forward-facing mode was tough. It was a struggle to push the car seat’s rigid connectors past the seat cushions to access the Latch anchors. However, the car seat fit well once installed.

Grading Scale

A: Plenty of room for the car seat and the child; doesn’t impact driver or front-passenger legroom. Easy to find and connect to Latch and tether anchors. No fit issues involving head restraint or seat contouring. Easy access to the third row.  

B: Plenty of room. One fit or connection issue. Some problems accessing third row when available.

C: Marginal room. Two fit or connection issues. Difficult to access third row when available.

D: Insufficient room. Two or more fit or connection issues.

F: Does not fit or is unsafe.

About Cars.com’s Car Seat Checks

Editors Jennifer Geiger and Jennifer Newman are certified child safety seat installation technicians.

For the Car Seat Check, we use a Graco SnugRide Classic Connect 30 infant-safety seat, a Britax Marathon convertible seat and Graco TurboBooster seat. The front seats are adjusted 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 and convertible seats are installed behind the front passenger seat.

We also install the forward-facing convertible in the second row’s middle seat with the booster and infant seat in the outboard seats to see if three car seats will fit; a child sitting in the booster seat must be able to reach the seat belt buckle. If there’s a third row, we install the booster seat and a forward-facing convertible. To learn more about how we conduct our Car Seat Checks, go here.

Parents should also remember that they can use the Latch system or a seat belt to install a car seat, and that Latch anchors have a weight limit of 65 pounds, including the weight of the child and the weight of the seat itself.

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