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Your dog would do anything for you, so what can we do for them in return? Man’s best friend deserves the very best, so it’s important to choose a vehicle that will keep them safe and comfortable on the road. Boot space is important, but there are other factors to consider too.
Space: The vehicle needs to have enough boot or back seat room space for your dog to sit comfortably, lie down and turn around.
Suspension: Like humans, dogs can get car sick too, so choosing a car with good suspension is important.
Safety: Your dog must be restrained whilst travelling in your car, so make sure that you can fit a pet harness or dog grille to the car. Alternatively, make sure there’s enough room for a pet cage.
Boot height: If you plan to load your dog into the boot, make sure it’s not too high off the ground for them. They can easily damage their legs by jumping out. Alternatively, make sure you can easily lift them in and out.
Windows: Electric windows which can be operated from the driver’s seat is a must to provide air for your dog.
The Land Rover Discovery is a vehicle that has been built with pets in mind. It has a big boot – 280 litres, or 1,124 litres with the third row of seats down. Plus, you can add the Pet Pack, which includes a full-height metal luggage partition and a rubber boot liner. Furthermore, the Discovery’s standard air suspension ensures a smooth and comfortable ride.
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The Volvo V90 is a dream for both dogs and their owners, offering a smooth and refined ride. The ergonomically excellent seats will keep passengers comfortable whilst the 560-litre boot offers ample space for your pooch to have a relaxing snooze. Volvo also offers some doggy upgrades, including a boot liner, dog harness and luggage separator.
The Highlander has one of the biggest boots around. With all seven seats in place, there’s still 332 litres of space. Drop the third row of seats and you’ll get 658 litres of space, perfect for a couple of large dogs. There is plenty of space for humans too, with room to stretch your legs out in the rear seats.
It’s almost as if the Tiguan has been made for our four-legged friends. It has a low boot lip for easy access and a huge boot space – 660 litres! Even better, the Volkswagen Tiguan comes with an optional Pet Package, which includes a partition grille and floor liner in the boot to protect your car from muddy paws. You can also get a protective film over the rear bumper to prevent it from scratches.
The SEAT Leon Estate is guaranteed to keep both you and your dog happy. It provides an enjoyable driving experience, but the ride is still smooth enough to allow for uninterrupted post-walkies naps. The lower stature of the car makes it easier to jump into and the 620-litre boot makes it roomy enough to stretch out in comfort.
Not only is the BMW X5 good to look at, but it also provides a luxurious drive. The high roof and heated rear seats will give your dog plenty of headroom and lots of warmth on cold winter days. The boot is especially large, and if you fold the back seats down, there’s enough room for more than one oversize dog. You can even order the optional Pet Pack, with a dog guard, dog bowl and rear luggage compartment mat.
The MINI has grown over the years, now with various models and sizes to choose from. The MINI Countryman and MINI Clubman can now accommodate just about any breed, with surprisingly generous room in the back. The Countryman has an impressive 450-litres boot size, or 1,390 litres with the seats folded. The Clubman has a 360-litre boot size, or 1,250-litre with the seats down. The split doors on the Clubman allow your dog to jump in and out easily and both models have a number of essential accessories to keep your pooch safe and comfortable.
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