First Impression: 2014 Range Rover, What’s Up With This Arm Rest?

2014 Range Rover Front

The 2014 Range Rover is a beautiful, luxurious car. It comes with a certain aura of British fanciness that makes people take notice and when you open the door and take a seat, that exterior impression is upheld by a host of features.

If you’re spending upwards of $80,000 on a car, then there are things you want and expect. It shouldn’t feel plastic fantastic, but should have lots of wood grain and tasteful chrome accents. The Range Rover has this covered.

The seats should be a thousand ways adjustable via a small fleet of buttons within easy reach and those seats should also be leather, preferably with some kind of appropriately matching contrast stitching. The Range Rover has this covered.

You should feel like you’re driving in the lap of luxury because, well, you’re in a Range Rover and although they’re more than capable of driving up a boulder covered mountain, most people drive them on nicely paved roads. It should be a wonderful, comfortable, luxurious ride. Everything should be effortless. The Range Rover has this covered, but, what’s this?

2014 Range Rover Arm Rest

What’s this odd little twisty knob beneath the arm rest? It’s rather bulky and not at all elegant and refined and subtle like the rest of the interior. It’s a bit awkward to twist, but when you do twist it, the armrest moves up and down. What happened here?

There’s a button for everything in this car. Even the gloveboxes have buttons that pop them open because pulling a latch is too much effort, but the front armrests have awkward twisty knobs.

My first impression? The 2014 Range Rover is the quintessential British luxury SUV, but it’s one button short.

Nicole Wakelin fell in love with cars as a teenager when she got to go for a ride in a Ferrari. It was red and it was fast and that was all that mattered. Game over. She considers things a bit more carefully now, but still has a weakness for fast, beautiful cars. Nicole also writes for NerdApproved and GeekMom.