Today's Rant: Land Rover LR4 third-row seat

Today's Rant: Land Rover LR4 third-row seat

In my mind, the point of a third-row seat in an SUV is to be there when you need it, and fold flat easily when you don't. So, that's why I was incredibly frustrated with the Land Rover LR4. That third-row seat is a beast. I wanted to give a fellow marathon runner a ride home after an 8-mile training run, but to do that we needed to fit her bike in the LR4. It's a no-brainer right? I mean, the LR4 is HUGE.

Wrong.

We should have been able to slip that third-row seat down and slide her bike right in. But, we tried for a half hour to get that third-row seat to fold flat. We looked at the diagrams. Climbed in the back. Hit all the buttons. But it just wouldn't budge. Clearly we were doing something wrong. But with the mosquitoes biting at Montrose Harbor, our patience ran out. Thank goodness for the sheer monstrous size of the LR4. We simply took down the second-row seat and put the bike in the back through the rear door.

Turns out you have to flip up the third-row seat bottom and hit some kind of button to make the seatback go down. (Thanks, Roman.) But if this is a car meant for active lifestyles and families, it's an epic fail. Give me a strap or a button I can reach while standing behind the open hatch, please.

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  • Now that some Indian owns Land Rover, they probably expect you to use a BlueTooth phone to call customer support in Bangalore.Like most things these days.

  • ha! i can use the internet to turn on lights in my house or adjust heat ... would be perfectly happy if i could use my phone to move the seats. climbing in the back and flipping, pressing and maneuvering is not my idea of a good third-row seat ...

  • In reply to Jill Ciminillo:

    The latter, though, gets into the news over the past 6 months about opening up you car's electronic bus so that hackers could steal your car, including my usual source.

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