Best Cars for Dog Owners 2021
Is your four-legged friend a frequent passenger in your car? Well, whether it’s for a long or short journey, it’s essential to ensure your dog is safe and comfortable in the car. Therefore, we’ve put together a list of ideal cars for dog owners based on boot capacity, durability and design. For our competitive rates on any of the following cars, please call GB Vehicle Leasing on 0161 667 5338.
Skoda Superb Estate
This is an excellent dog-friendly car which has a spacious boot space of 660 litres. The Skoda Superb is not only cavernous and comfortable inside, it also has a low load bay meaning your dog can easily get in and out of it. In terms of running costs, the Superb estate offers impressive fuel economy given its size. A versatile family estate car offering plenty of space for one or two dogs, also featuring excellent safety technology, especially on the top spec models. As an alternative to the Volvo V60 Estate, this Skoda has won various awards over the years. In particular, the Skoda Superb Estate 2.0 TDI 150 SE L was awarded What Car? Estate Car of The Year 2021, as it offers everything you'd expect from an estate car. We feel the Skoda Superb offers the perfect blend of versatility with a practical interior.
Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate
If you would prefer a premium brand estate, then the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate might appeal more to you. This luxurious estate car features a large boot with 670 litres of space and offers automatic boot closing. As expected with all Mercedes cars, it’s well-designed with fantastic interior quality and extreme comfort for both long and short journeys. We really like the latest MBUX operating system in this Mercedes, which is both modern and sleek. For advanced safety, the optional Driving Assistance Plus pack is available at an extra cost. Other optional extras such as the concertina load sill protector might be a bonus for dog owners to protect their car from dog claws and mucky paws. Prices for the Mercedes E-Class Estate start from just over £41,000 so could this be the ideal car for you?
Land Rover Discovery Sport
Priced from around £32,000, the Land Rover Discovery Sport is a versatile SUV with a strong build quality. If required, there is the option for 7 seats in this car, although the rear seats are only recommended for children or small adults to use. This is much cheaper than the Land Rover Discovery, whilst maintaining Land Rover’s premium appeal and seven-seat flexibility. Also, with a ‘pet pack’ as an optional extra for your car, this can provide extra comfort and safety for your dog during all journeys. When the rear 5 seats are folded down, the boot space of the Discovery Sport is massive with plenty of space for multiple dogs. Although, if all 7 seats are in place, then the boot space becomes very limited. As for safety, automatic collision prevention braking and anti-lock brakes comes as standard and the all weather tyres are a great addition. AWD means the Discovery Sport can tackle all terrains and is excellent for both on and off road driving. Therefore, this car could be ideal if you enjoy taking your dog on walks in off road areas.
BMW 5 Series Touring
The BMW 5 Series Touring is ideal if you’re looking for a premium estate car with a decent boot space. The spacious interior and 570-litre boot capacity means it’s an ideal car for the whole family, including your dog. Although, if you have a large dog or more than one, then you might prefer the Mercedes E-Class with a bigger boot. That said, this BMW offers a pleasant and smooth ride, ensuring your pets are comfy on journeys. Plus, we like the advanced infotainment system as it’s easy to use and looks classy. Prices for this BMW start from just over £42,000, which is similar to the Mercedes E-Class Estate. Plus, for those drivers interested in a plug-in hybrid, BMW has got you covered with this car. In fact, the BMW 5 Series Touring is available in diesel, petrol or plug-in hybrid options.
The Skoda Kodiaq is an excellent dog-friendly car, available as either a five or seven-seater. Five-seat versions of the Kodiaq have a large 835 litres of boot space, meaning plenty of space for the dogs. Our main reason for choosing the Skoda Kodiaq is its great pet friendly accessories. As an optional extra, customers can include the pet protection pack which helps to avoid pet paw prints, mud splashes and debris in and around the boot. Some of the other fantastic accessories available include a back seat protector and dog seat belts. If you opt for the entry-level model, prices for this car start from £28,185 for the five-seater and £29,585 for the seven-seater. As an alternative to the Peugeot 5008, the Skoda Kodiaq also has a good range of efficient engine options to choose from. However, we’re still currently awaiting an electrified version of this Skoda model.