Brits love their dogs, and want them to be happy on the road. Weâ€™ve picked out the most pooch-tastic car choices from under Â£15,000 to over Â£50,000
Guess how many British households have a dog? The answer is a staggering 6.5 million. 90 per cent of those consider their pooch to be a proper family member, so you can understand motorists wanting to look after their doggy chums as well as they do their human passengers.
Naturally youâ€™d expect a decently large boot to be high up on the list of â€˜must-havesâ€™, with light-coloured interiors being at the other end of the wish list. What about the other less obvious features though? Maybe tinted windows to keep the cabin temperature down on a sunny day? A partition grille to keep Gnasher in his place? Efficient air flow to filter out those unmentionable dog pongs?
Owners of big dogs might want low boot loading lips to allow them (the dogs) to leap in unaided, and ride quality will be important for carsickness-prone canines.
Thereâ€™s more to this dog car choice than youâ€™d think. We’ve saved you the bother of research by choosing our favourite dog-friendly cars across a range of prices.
First choice:Â Suzuki VitaraÂ 1.6 SZ4 (Â£14,995)
Good options: Rear seat pet protection cover (Â£46.80 official Suzuki eBay store); boot liner (Â£37.99 official Suzuki eBay store)
Dacia DusterÂ TCe 125 4×2 Laureate (Â£13,995) with optional Protection Pack, including all-in-one boot liner and exterior tailgate protection (Â£640)
Fiat QuboÂ 1.4 8v Lounge (Â£13,160) with no options
Between Â£15,000 and Â£20,000
First choice:Â Skoda Fabia EstateÂ 1.0 TSI 95 SEÂ (Â£15,440)
Options to addÂ Partition screen (Â£110); variable boot floor (Â£110); rubber boot mat (dealer fit); boot protecter trim (dealer fit)
Kia SportageÂ 1.6 GDi 130 ‘1’ (Â£18,795) with trunk sill protector (Â£76) and bumper protection foil (Â£45)
Vauxhall Astra Sports TourerÂ 1.6 CDTi 110 Design (Â£19,485) with foldable cargo liner (Â£117.94)
Between Â£20,000 and Â£30,000
First choice:Â Skoda Superb EstateÂ 2.0 TDI 150 SE Technology (Â£24,800)
Options to addÂ Plastic boot tray (Â£165); variable boot floor (Â£150); rear bumper protector (Â£54)
Mazda CX-5Â 2.2 Skyactiv-D 150 SE-L Nav (Â£25,695) with trunk liner (Â£51.81) and boot matt with rear bumper protection (Â£40.90)
Seat AtecaÂ 1.4 TSI 150 SE Technology (Â£23,885) with cargo separation grille (Â£171), rear bumper protective moulding (Â£126), double boot floor (Â£120) and boot tray with high walls (Â£86)
Between Â£30,000 and Â£50,000
First choice:Â Mercedes E-Class EstateÂ E220 d SE (Â£37,205)
Options to addÂ Boot tub deep (Â£213.60)
Land Rover DiscoveryÂ Sport TD4 180 HSE auto (Â£40,140) with full-height luggage partition (Â£443), loadspace liner tray (Â£164) and flexible loadspace protector (Â£131)
Volvo XC90Â D4 Momentum (Â£48,655) with dog gate (Â£270) and rear bumper protection (Â£115)
First choice:Â Land Rover DiscoveryÂ TD6 SE (Â£51,295)
Options to addÂ Luggage divider (Â£331); loadspace liner tray (Â£203)
Audi Q7Â 3.0 TDI 272 SE (Â£50,735) with luggage compartment lining (Â£212) and load sill protective matt (Â£51)
Range RoverÂ Vogue (Â£76,795) with full-height luggage partition (Â£422) and loadspace liner tray (Â£166)