Are you regretting opting for those white leather seats, now that your four-legged friend with his sharp claws and moulting black fur is one of your regular passengers? People often buy a car to suit the needs of their children or their job, but they rarely consider how practical it will be for their dog. Well, we’ve done the leg, or paw-work, for you. These cars should be ideal for you and Fido.
1. The Land Rover Discovery SUV
It was as if this car was built around the needs of a dog. With its all terrain system it can wade through fords and negotiate steep inclines to reach those beautifully remote walks. It has a boot large enough to carry one Great Dane or two Labradors comfortably and there is the option of a boot guard to stop them bounding out to travel up front with you. Smaller dogs will probably not be able to negotiate the leap required to reach the boot, however, so they will need to be carried into it. This car is top of the doggie class and its price tag reflects this.
2. The Subaru Outback
With its deceptively large and low-loading boot, most dogs will have no trouble getting into this car and, with its separate under-cargo storage area, Rover won’t need to compete for boot space with the first-aid kit or your wellies. Whilst with the rear window defogger, he should always be able to get a clear view of the road just travelled. This is a great mid-price car for a doggie family.
3. The Škoda Fabia Hatch
If you’ve got a small or medium-sized dog and want to stick to a more compact hatch-back, the Skoda Fabia Hatch is the one to opt for. With one of the roomiest boots in its class, it will be a comfortable, if cosy, fit for a Labrador, whilst it will give a Jack Russell space to chase its tail. No need for the dog to miss out on the entertainment either with the ŠKODA Surround audio system, which comes with six speakers, two virtual speakers and a virtual subwoofer. No dog with street cred will travel in a car without a subwoofer!
4. The Citroen C4 Picasso
If you often find yourself steering the dog on its lead in one hand and holding on to your child or children with the other, you’ll appreciate the hands-free tailgate action on this car. Simply swing your foot in front of the sensor mounted on the rear bumper and the boot will open ready for Patch to spring in. Once inside your pooch will have room to lie down for a snooze and the advanced suspension should ensure that they won’t be disturbed by sudden jolts either. A practical and spacious car for those with children and a dog or two.
5. The Honda Civic Tourer
If, in your mind’s eye, you still feel that the only car that suits your image is a two-seater roadster convertible and you’re having trouble adapting to the practical needs that come with a dog, then this sporty-looking estate is for you. It’s nippier than a lapdog and has a boot that can accommodate a St. Bernard, plus the boot carpet is designed to repel the dirt from muddy paws. This is a car that works hard to conceal its mundane practicalities.