Often described as ‘man’s best friend’, for so many of us, dogs are additions to the family that we simply couldn’t live without. They’re more than just pets; they offer us unconditional love and loyalty. In fact, studies have shown that they can reduce anxiety and depression as well as ease feelings of loneliness. So, perhaps it’s no wonder that more than 25% of the UK adult population own a pet dog.
If you’re a dog lover, you’ll know how important it is for them to get out for regular walks and adventures. Even if your busy lifestyle means you can’t always strike out into the countryside as much as you’d like, maybe you’re lucky enough to enjoy a job that allows you to take your canine companion along for the ride.
Whatever your situation, you’ll need a vehicle that has sufficient space and plenty of practicality, which is why we’ve put together these suggestions for some of the best cars for dogs and their owners.
All-new PEUGEOT 2008 SUV
All-new PEUGEOT 2008 SUV is one of the bigger vehicles in its category and won Best Compact SUV at the 2020 Fleet News Awards. But what really makes it stand out as one of the best cars for dog owners is the ample rear space.
There’s plenty of room for your furry friend, even with the seats up, and if they’re down then few rivals can compete with the 2008 when it comes to load capacity. Smooth and quiet on the motorways for those long trips to see loved ones; nimble around winding roads when you head into the country – the 2008 is among the best cars for dogs in the UK.
Citroen C3 Aircross SUV
Simply put, no other small SUV can better the big boot offered by the Citroen C3 Aircross SUV. This is a vehicle which brings a breath of fresh air to its class and you too can enjoy the rush of the wind in your hair by opening up the panoramic sunroof.
That’s sure to keep the family dog happy, and the fact that the C3 Aircross has won Compact Crossover of the Year three times in a row at the Company Car Today CCT100 Awards will work wonders for your peace of mind, too.
DS 7 CROSSBACK
It may be DS’ first venture into the SUV market, but the DS 7 CROSSBACK is more than a match for its rivals in what is a very competitive class. Its innovative lighting makes it stand out from the crowd, while the 555 litres of boot space, even when all the seats are up, mean there’s ample room for your canine companion to be comfortable no matter how long the journey.
As for the ride, an in-built camera analyses the road ahead and adjusts the suspension accordingly, so neither you nor the dog will be bouncing around even on the bumpiest terrains.
Vauxhall Grandland X
For most dog lovers, practicality is the main priority, and that makes perfect sense. But that doesn’t mean the best cars for dogs can’t look spectacular as well. The Vauxhall Grandland X is certainly evidence of that, with the quality of its sleek, sophisticated exterior matched only by its roomy, comfortable interior.
With a boot that opens with a wave of the foot under the bumper – perfect if you need to lift your pup into the back after a long trek over the moors – the Grandland X is well worth its place among the best cars for dog walkers.
The Peugeot 3008 SUV has won the prize for Best Medium SUV at the Carbuyer Best Car Awards four times in a row – need we say more? This is another model with a sensor under the bumper to open the boot, which helps to cement its status as one of the very best cars for dog owners. It also features an adjustable boot floor to give your pet the extra room it might need and there are plenty of perks for you, too. They include some of the latest and greatest technological features, such as a distance alert system and speed limit recognition to ensure you and your dog remain safe and secure on the roads.
Citroen C5 Aircross SUV
If comfort is your main priority, look no further than the Citroen C5 Aircross SUV. Sleek and smooth on the motorways, it softens the bumps of uneven surfaces with a minimum of fuss. Not only that, but with high ground clearance it can prove the perfect vehicle for those times where you and your furry friend decide to take your adventure off the beaten track. The abundance of boot space and rear seats that can be lowered independently offer plenty of flexibility when it comes to making room for one or more dogs, too.
Vauxhall Crossland X
This family SUV aims to cater for all needs, and it certainly ranks as one of the best cars for dogs. The Vauxhall Crossland X offers a fine combination of practicality and panache, with ample headroom for any passengers in the front or back seats and plenty of space in the boot. So, there’ll be no qualms over comfort when you want to separate a couple of wet dogs from shaking and dripping all over the children after a family trip to the seaside!
Browse the best cars for dogs in the UK with Robins & Day
If you’re searching for the best car for dogs but don’t know where to start, allow Robins & Day to help you. We have plenty of new models available and a range of the very best used cars for dogs, so why not get in touch with us today? You can locate your nearest dealer or simply give us a call on 0330 404 4238 – our expert, friendly team understand the importance of pets to our customers, and we’ll be only too happy to chat.