What are the best cars for Dogs
What do the best cars for dogs have?
The best cars for dogs should include the following:
- Car safety harnesses
- A back car door that opens up so the dog can get in and out easily
- Folding car seats to provide extra space
- Waterproof car seats to ensure accidents are cleaned up easily
- Cargo divider to ensure your luggage does not cause any discomfort
- Low ground clearance, especially for smaller dogs
- Back windows that can be rolled down
- Carpet free walls and floors as these are easier to clean
- Door-locks that are childproof for dog safety
- Storage compartments
With an estimated population of over 8.5 million, the UK is a nation for dogs. So it is easy to see how the ever-popular, “man’s best friend” is also a great companion in a car. Generally, for a dog-friendly car you need a lot of space and SUV’s, sports-wagons or large estate cars are a great choice. Here is a list of some of the best cars for dog lovers.
Citroen C4 Picasso (2013-)
The Citroen C4 Picasso has a large 537 litre boot with a flat and low floor. It has an efficient engine which makes it a cost-effective option. With a large and roomy cockpit and equally large windows that have a low window line it provides the perfect view for your dog. The removable rear seats allow for more room for large dogs. There is also an option for protective seat covers to avoid any messes.
Skoda Superb Estate (2008-2015)
The Skoda Superb Estates is a truly ‘superb’ choice in terms of overall driver experience and comfort. It has a 660 litre long boot that has a rubber floor. This car is packed with a wide range of dog accessories available making it a firm favourite for dog owners. These include Dog Safety Belt clips, dog hammocks and a range of dividers.
Volvo XC90 (2002-2015)
This SUV can seat up to 7 human passengers. It feels luxurious inside but practical with its fuel efficient engine. In terms of comfort for dogs, the rear climate control can provide the best pet-friendly conditions. The optional divider to separate the cargo area is also a welcome addition.
Honda CR-V (2006-2012)
The storage pockets on the Honda CR-V make it a very convenient choice for a dog owner. It is a fully configurable car with folding rear seats. The extendable, long and flat floor offers generous boot space. The low floor also makes it easy for your dog to climb in or out when on the move.
Land Rover Discovery (2004-2017)
This powerful 4×4 is suitable for difficult terrains such as hilly areas. If you love travelling to the great outdoors with your dog by your side this may be the car for you. It has a massive 1,124 litre boot capacity. The split tailgate and roomy rear cargo hold allows for plenty of dog-friendly space. It also has Intelligent Seat Fold technology making any configurations seamless. Rubber floor mats are also optional additions for any messes that can occur when travelling with your best mate.
Nissan Qashqai (2007-2013)
The Nissan Qashqai has a 430 litre boot, so not the largest in this list but still plenty of room. The great option of a boot floor that can be raised or lowered could be the most appealing feature. The boards can also be flipped to expose the easy-wipe surfaces. The wide variety of accessories available include a dog guard to separate the boot from the rest of the car.
Nissan X-trail 4Dogs (Concept Car)
The Nissan X-trail 4Dogs is still a concept rather than reality. However, it makes this list as it is widely considered the perfect car for dog owners if it was in production.
The concept car would have plenty of industry changing features including:
- A camera that allows you to see your dog in the back
- Luxurious dog bed
- No spill water bowl
- Smart dog treat dispenser
The current version of the Nissan X-trail (2007-2014) still remains an excellent choice for dog owners.
Peugeot 308 SW Estate (2008-)
The 660 litre tall boot makes the Peugeot 308 SW Estate a brilliant choice for large dogs who need a bit more head room. The low boot floor with optional rubber equivalent makes it a practical option. The low running costs make it equally practical for the dog owner.
These are just some of the best cars you could buy if you’re a dog owner. If you still need some more cars to choose from that have your dog in mind, you can visit Carsnip and use the Clever Car Search.