Considering how much overall cargo space the 2014 Land Rover LR4 offers, shoppers may be surprised by how little room there is behind the optional third row. The 9.9 cubic feet of cargo space back there isn't the most user-friendly because of its size as well as its two-piece tailgate/liftgate. It makes for awkward loading and creates a ledge that items have to be lifted or slid over.
Otherwise, the cargo area behind the second row is flat and tall, contributing to overall competitive cargo space with SUVs like the Acura MDX, Mercedes-Benz GL-Class and Lexus GX 460. The optional third row may not be the best fit for families who need a sizable cargo area and a third row. Below, see the items we fit in the Land Rover LR4's cargo area.
The Land Rover LR4 has been a mainstay in our story, Which Cars Fit Three Car Seats, since we started performing Car Seat Checks in 2010. The 2014 LR4 still fits three child-safety seats across its second-row bench, but there are some problems that resulted in less than perfect grades for this three-row, seven-seat SUV. There's also a two-row model with seating for five.
How many car seats fit in the second row? Three
How many car seats fit in the third row? Two
Vehicles Affected: Land Rover is recalling about 5,238 model-year 2014 Range Rover SUVs manufactured between May 7 and Oct. 10, 2013.
The Problem: The turn-signal indicator may not flash or click at a double rate to notify the driver of a front turn-signal malfunction. Without a warning that a signal is malfunctioning, the driver could continue to use the vehicle unaware that other drivers are not being notified of a turn, increasing the risk of a crash.
The Fix: Land Rover will notify owners on or before May 27, and dealers will update the vehicle software for free.
What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Land Rover at 800-637-6837, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.
Land Rover's Discovery Vision concept at the 2014 New York International Auto Show is a wild concept with a highly versatile, configurable cabin; video chat between front and rear occupants; and a remote control driving system, among many other out-there features.
Land Rover says an all-new premium compact SUV called the Discovery Sport will be the first production model to take cues and features from the Discovery Vision concept. It will arrive at dealerships in 2015. The Discovery Sport is the first member of an all-new Discovery family of vehicles.
Looks like: George Jetson's Land Rover with plenty of wraparound glass, rear-hinged doors, a sleek profile and laser headlights
Defining characteristics: Ultra-configurable seating for four to seven passengers as well as a host of from-the-future gadgets
Ridiculous features: It's the ultimate luxury toy with a remote control system that allows you to control the SUV from your smartphone
Chance of being mass-produced: Land Rover confirmed that a new family of vehicles under the Defender umbrella will be produced — we're betting not one of them will be remote-controlled
One thing we've noticed ahead of the 2014 New York International Auto Show is that concept cars are few and far between. In fact, Land Rover may have one of the only concept reveals — but what a concept it is. The Discovery Vision Concept gives us a hint at the automaker's plans for a family of new SUVs along with a glimpse into some pretty out-there technology.
Land Rover says the design embodies the "ultimate leisure SUV," and nowhere is that more apparent than inside. The cabin is finished in two types of washable and water- and oil-repellent leather along with wood veneer on the floors and instrument panel and Harris tweed accents — how very British.
The SUV concept's highly configurable cabin makes room for anywhere from four to seven passengers with seats that fold, slide and even convert into a tablelike surface. But don't start looking for the buttons and levers yet — all of this is done via a touch-screen menu.
Editor's note: This Car Seat Check is repurposed from our test of the 2013 Land Rover LR2, but our results apply to the 2014 model.
Land Rover's five-passenger SUV gets a minor exterior face-lift and a major powertrain one for 2013. The previous model's six-cylinder is replaced by a new 240-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder this year. Although Land Rover calls the LR2 a compact SUV, it was able to comfortably accommodate two child-safety seats in the second row without hogging too much of the first row's legroom.
Land Rover is planning to debut a new concept with a very storied name at the New York International Auto Show, but the concept doesn't just preview one new Land Rover SUV, rather it marks a whole new sub-brand for the automaker. Land Rover says the Discovery Vision Concept "will showcase the design and technology vision for a future new family of Discovery vehicles."
The first-generation of the Discovery was introduced in England 25 years ago and was eventually known in the U.S. as the LR4. Based on the dark teaser video above, the Discovery Vision Concept appears to be LR4-sized and offer configurable seating for seven, hinting at that model's eventual replacement.
Check out the teaser video for more details and check back with us in mid-April for more Land Rover news from the 2014 New York Auto Show.
The addition of "Sport" in the redesigned 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport's name may seem like a small difference between it and the classic Range Rover. For 2014, 75 percent of the parts in the Sport model are unique, however, and the model offers a drastically different experience compared to the regular Range Rover.
The Sport is smaller in almost every dimension and lighter as well. That means a smaller cargo area with a maximum 62.2 cubic feet of cargo space compared to its bigger sibling's 71.7 cubic feet. Oddly enough, the smaller Range Rover Sport is the one that offers an optional third row. We tested a Range Rover Sport sans third row and stuffed our standard collection of golf bags, luggage, stroller and shopping bags in the cargo area. Check it out below in our cargo animation.
For their $80,000, 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport buyers will be able to check most of their "wants" boxes: great ride; lush, comfortable interior; and formidable off-road capabilities (which they're unlikely to use). And the biggest box of all — having the sweetest, most opulent ride in the soccer-practice pick-up line — gets an extra-emphatic, "CHECK!" But Cars.com reviewer Kristin Varela says the disappointments are in the details. Read her review below and note her beefs with the luxury SUV's cornering skills as well as an annoying glare from the heated windshield.
Cars.com photo by Evan Sears
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