2016 Land Rover Range Rover: Car Seat Check

2015-16Lead.jpg 2016 Land Rover Range Rover | photos by Angela Conners

CARS.COM — Editor’s note: This Car Seat Check was written in April 2015 about the 2015 Range Rover. Little of substance has changed with this year’s model. To see what’s new for 2016, click here, or check out a side-by-side comparison of the two model years.

For the family that likes to drive in style, there’s the 2015 Land Rover Range Rover. This five-seat SUV is the brand’s flagship and is filled with luxuries such as heated rear seats, stunning wood trim and more. Of course, these luxuries don’t come cheap. The Range Rover has a starting price of $84,420, including a destination fee.

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How many car seats fit in the second row? Nearly three; we were able to fit our three child-safety seats into the Range Rover, but there wasn’t enough space between the car seats to easily reach the seat belt for the booster seat. Narrow car seats or a different configuration could work in this SUV.

What We Like

  • With both the rear-facing infant and convertible seats, we didn’t need to move the front passenger seat forward to accommodate them.
  • The forward-facing convertible also installed easily, though there were problems with the tether anchors.

What We Don’t

  • The two sets of lower Latch anchors in the Range Rover’s outboard seats are difficult to use with hooklike connectors because of stiff leather seat cushions. Thankfully, we had an easier time using the Latch anchors with rigid connectors. Also, the seat belt buckles block access to the inner Latch anchors.
  • The three tether anchors are at the base of the rear seatbacks and nearly hidden by the cargo floor. Many parents forget to use tether anchors, and their hard-to-find location won’t help.
  • A child in a booster seat will likely have a difficult time buckling up because the seat belt buckles, especially in the rear seat behind the driver, are recessed in the seat cushions. The booster seat kept sliding over the buckle while we were installing it.
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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’s Car Seat Checks

Editors Jennifer Geiger, Jennifer Newman and Matt Schmitz 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 shorter 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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News Editor Jennifer Geiger joined the automotive industry in 2003, much to the delight of her Corvette-obsessed dad. Jennifer is an expert reviewer, certified car-seat technician and mom of three. She wears a lot of hats — many of them while driving a minivan. Email Jennifer Geiger

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