"Twenty-six per cent of us have a canine companion, meaning that we must pick our cars wisely"
When we are buying a new car, there are many aspects which we look at; fuel consumption and engine size to name but two. However, do you ever consider how they can transport your animals? After all, while the stereotypical average family has 2.4 children, almost half of UK households also include a pet. And yes, you’ve guessed it, the most popular animal in our home is a dog. Twenty-six per cent of us have a canine companion, meaning that we must pick our cars wisely, taking our furry friends into consideration.
So, what are the best cars on the market if you have a dog? Here, alongside Cliverton, who are expert providers of insurance for dog walkers, we run through some of the top models available.
Skoda Superb Estate
While the Czech automobile manufacturer could have actually offered several cars to fall into this category, the Skoda Superb Estate gets the nod this time. Rated a maximum five stars by What Car and winning the best estate car of the year in 2018, this model is extremely spacious.
Rivalling (successfully, we must add) the Ford Mondeo and Volkswagen Passat, the Superb Estate is a much more appealing choice to the more premium models, such as the BMW 3 Series Touring. This is because, not only is it so competitively priced, but it’s also bigger!
Unlike the X-Trail, you don’t need an add-on to get those less-mobile pets into the boot either. With its low loading sill, your animal can leap into the huge boot space that can hold a whopping 660 litres of cargo.
Nissan X-Trail SUV
When it comes to needing space, an SUV is always a good call! One of the top recommended models is the Nissan X-Trail. While it’s fresh and modern exterior is appealing to the eye, the spacious and comfortable interior on offer certainly stands out – for you and your pooch!
If your dog is getting old and isn’t as mobile as it once was, or is on the smaller side, don’t let the ride height of this car put you off. Nissan has an added-extra called the Paw Pack, which can introduce a ramp for boot access. It also includes a hanging rack for leads, a dog bed and a spill-resistant water bowl.
The X-Trail is Nissan’s contribution to an ever-growing mid-size SUV market and offers the same practicality as the likes of the Audi Q5 and Land Rover Discovery Sport, but at a fraction of the cost.
Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate
For dog lovers with an eye for quality, the Mercedes E-Class Estate has long been a firm favourite. Extremely suitable for a comfortable ride over long distances, this model can also provide many examples of cutting-edge technology to make your journey effortless.
With a boot capacity of 670 litres, even the biggest of dogs should have a comfortable ride to the beach, vets, woodland or anywhere else you need to take them!
Volkswagen Passat Estate
The German manufacturers are known for producing quality vehicles and the Volkswagen Passat Estate is no different. With a boot space that’s able to hold 650 litres, it is a cut above its rivals, including the Mazda6. With a well-finished interior throughout, you can trust that your dog won’t be able to chew through your boot’s material straight away, as is often the case in other models.
Dacia Logan MCV Estate
Step forward the Dacia Logan MCV Estate for a perfect no-frills and cheaper option. Compared to others on this list, this estate car offers a lot more space for your buck. While the first UK model went on sale in 2012, it’s actually been available throughout Europe since 2004.
You may not get all the luxuries that you may from other available estate cars, but for sheer simplicity and space – more than matching the load capacity of some of the more expensive models – this vehicle is perfect for those looking for a dog-friendly car on a budget.
With car manufacturers always trying to oust their competitors, it’s crucial to keep an eye on any major developments. With the five cars mentioned above though, you can expect a smooth ride for both you and your dog!