Fold down seats?

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Fold down seats?

Post by arshlay » Wed Dec 02, 2020 5:48 am

Hi folks, new member here. I'm going to pick up my 16 plate xe r-sport on Friday, looking at the pictures online it's hard to tell wether the back seats fold down. Does this option come as standard on the r sport or is it still a optional extra? Cheers

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Re: Fold down seats?

Post by PhilB » Wed Dec 02, 2020 6:01 am

It was never standard on the XE although I hear it might be on the 21MY ?
It's a bit tricky if you are just looking at pictures as the obvious signs are the pull handles under the shelf in the boot.

But the seats are split 40/20/40 and the centre portion has a release handle under the centre headrest to open the "ski" hatch.
I don't know if the dealer has internal shots of the interior that might show it.
A bit hard to see but found a photo that might help.
You can just see the start of the handle cut out under the centre head rest on this one:

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Re: Fold down seats?

Post by Phorever » Wed Dec 02, 2020 6:20 am

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See if there are these yellow tabs in the boot.
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Re: Fold down seats?

Post by Indianajons » Wed Dec 02, 2020 9:12 am

PhilB wrote:
Wed Dec 02, 2020 6:01 am
It was never standard on the XE although I hear it might be on the 21MY ?
Definitely standard on MY21 but still with the ridiculous and impractical boot releases :x
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Re: Fold down seats?

Post by chrisjp » Wed Dec 02, 2020 11:18 am

Yes, all other cars I've had with folding rear seats have had push buttons in the top of the seat backs to release them. This also means that there is a way into the boot from inside the car. This is both convenient - and also vital if the battery fails and you can only the enter the car with the skeleton key, because the boot lid release is solely electrical.
Why JLR persist with these tacky pull cables is a mystery!
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Re: Fold down seats?

Post by Thorn » Wed Dec 02, 2020 12:35 pm

You can't see the buttons when standing close to the back of the car. I'd never had the need to drop the seats so wasn't aware of them and while trying to jam luggage into the boot I managed to knock one of the buttons out of its hole.
They're too vulnerable.

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Re: Fold down seats?

Post by PhilB » Wed Dec 02, 2020 1:21 pm

Hopefully the OP will be able to determine if his upcoming car has the folding seats already fitted.
Which I believe was the reasoning behind this thread ?

Or do you all want yet another moan fest about the folding seat release handles ?
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Re: Fold down seats?

Post by Davejag » Wed Dec 02, 2020 1:37 pm

I think the reason the seat release is in the boot is because, if it was on the seat, someone could put the window through and then access the boot. It's a security measure.

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Re: Fold down seats?

Post by Indianajons » Wed Dec 02, 2020 2:41 pm

Davejag wrote:
Wed Dec 02, 2020 1:37 pm
I think the reason the seat release is in the boot is because, if it was on the seat, someone could put the window through and then access the boot. It's a security measure.
I think it’s a cost cutting after thought!
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Re: Fold down seats?

Post by PhilB » Wed Dec 02, 2020 2:46 pm

Indianajons wrote:
Wed Dec 02, 2020 2:41 pm
Davejag wrote:
Wed Dec 02, 2020 1:37 pm
I think the reason the seat release is in the boot is because, if it was on the seat, someone could put the window through and then access the boot. It's a security measure.
I think it’s a cost cutting after thought!
I agree.
Plus if you put the window in and gain access to the back seat you can open the centre section, reach in and pull the handles and fold the seat.
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