2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque: Car Seat Check

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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.

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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.

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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.  

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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.

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Infant-safety seat: We also had to move the front passenger seat forward to fit this rear-facing car seat. The front passenger had enough legroom to sit comfortably.

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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.

Comments 

For parents of young children this is a huge issue. The process of getting kids ready for a trip is long enough, getting the car seats in place should be an easy and quick process.

WJB

I have two clek oobr drift booster seats in my 2013 evoque. My little ones had trouble buckling themselves due to the deep inset of the latches at the base of the evoque seat. I purchased E4 rated seat belt extenders to solve for that issue and all is well.

JL

I have a 2014 Evoque Pure Plus (I think? It's not the base model at least) and while I absolutely love the vehicle itself, it's just not practical for our family. We added another baby last month and as a family of four it's too small. The major dislikes: our car seats do not fit in the center seat so my toddler is on the passenger side; I can't get in the back seat to breastfeed so I'm stuck up front without tinted glass; I can't grocery shop or do airport runs with a double stroller in the trunk; three adults and two children in the car is a tight squeeze (I'm small and could barely wedge myself in the center seat); the low profile looks fantastic, but my toddler is tall and his car seat is high so I regularly bump his head putting him in - mom fail. When we were a family of three I adored the car. It's a perfect daily driver for the parent who isn't the kids' main source of transport or a single-child household. We find it very easy to install both our car seats (Clek Foonf and Cybex Aton Q) and my toddler loves the panoramic view of clouds, planes, trees and birds. The interior is also gorgeous... I've been in many high end cars and I like RR interiors the best by far. We purchased it for $6k off MSRP, so the deal was there and my husband and I both love the Evoque, but we'll be trading in for a larger LR in the next year. If we want more than two kids it's nothing more than a paperweight to us. Stupid purchase on my part, but at the time it was good for us and I don't regret it for a minute. It just doesn't work for us any more and I'll be very sad to say goodbye. When the kids are older and don't need strollers or big car seats I'd love to get another one.

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