Just like cars, dogs come in all different shapes, sizes and colours, which can make it challenging to find the perfect vehicle if you have a furry, four-legged passenger.
In fact, it’s important to keep your faithful friend comfortable and happy as you embark on an exciting road adventure.
Firstly, dogs should always be suitably restrained when travelling in your car, or else you could face a hefty fine. This is because loose pets could distract the driver from the road or get in the way of the steering wheel, putting everyone’s safety at risk.
What’s more, the RSPCA says your best friend needs to have enough room to stand up at full height, sit and lie easily, and even turn around. Harnesses, crates and dividers to keep your pooch in the boot can all do the trick.
But what cars would best suit a waggly traveller? cinch, leading expert in online car trading, looks at some of the best vehicles for dog owners and their loyal passengers.
Skoda Octavia Estate
The back of a Skoda Octavia Estate is a treat for humans and pooches alike.
Rear passengers can benefit from handy USB sockets and plenty of legroom, while dogs can unwind in its 590-litre boot – the size of two standard fridges!
This makes the Skoda Octavia a great – and affordable – option for drivers. Medium to large pets, such as Labradors, Golden Retrievers, Boxers and standard Poodles will have heaps of space to stretch and curl up.
Skoda models also come with useful pet packs, which include seatbelts for dogs, hammock-style seat covers, double-sided boot mats and a rear bumper protector.
BMW 3 Series
If you’re the proud owner of a smaller breed, such as a Beagle or French Bulldog, the BMW 3 Series Touring is an excellent choice.
This proud, smart piece of engineering comes with a variety of helpful gadgets to keep your four-legged friend safe. Its 500-litre boot contains tie-down hooks for your dog and its leads, a folding floor mechanism and an independently opening window.
So, if you’ve gone food shopping, you can load your bags inside the car without worrying about your Border Terrier or Cocker Spaniel jumping out of the boot.
In proper BMW 3 Series fashion, the Touring model tackles bends and corners very smoothly. This means that your dog won’t end up rolling from one side of the boot to the other, making even longer drives a worry-free experience.
When it comes to pup-friendly vehicles, the Nissan X-Trail is certain to make your furry friend wag its tail in approval.
As well as an ample boot that can accommodate all small- and medium-sized dogs, this model is available with an optional ‘Paw Pack’. This includes a luxurious dog bed, non-spill water bowl for thirsty pooches, storage compartments for leads and treats, and much more.
The pack also features a handy ramp that allows both smaller and less mobile dogs to climb into the boot by themselves.
So while you make the most of the Nissan X-Trail’s infotainment system, your adorable Jack Russell can enjoy the ride too.
Land Rover Discovery
Want to take your St Bernard for a trip in the mountains aboard a spacious, hill-riding car?
With a boot capacity of more than 1,000 litres, the Land Rover Discovery can chauffeur even the largest of dogs in style. If you and your Great Dane have a soft spot for outdoor adventures, this is the perfect vehicle for you.
The Land Rover Discovery can also be fitted with a portable shower, comprising a shower head and a large bag.
This way, after a day of running and rolling in the mud, you can give the dog a good wash and then drive them home spotlessly clean.
Mini UK has partnered with Dogs Trust to help furry passengers travel happier. Whether they’re chilled, hyperactive, snooze-lovers or mud-seekers, the Mini Countryman is an excellent option for your waggly friend.
With a surprisingly generous boot and rear space, the Mini Countryman delights a wide variety of breeds, from terriers to sighthounds.
It can also be equipped with useful accessories – such as dog guards and boot dividers – to keep your pet away from the driver… and your picnic!
Don’t worry if you have a long drive ahead – the Mini Countryman is renowned for its smooth, gentle cruising. This means that your canine companion will be happy and relaxed from the moment you turn on the engine to when you park up.
Remember to always prioritise the wellbeing of your precious passenger when choosing the right car. Take into consideration their size, temperament and specific needs.
With the perfect vehicle and a little bit of preparation, your four-legged friend can be a constant companion on all your driving adventures.
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