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Dog-friendly family carsBack

Managing a family is hard work, but if you have also got a dog, finding the right car to transport everyone from A to B can prove tricky. There are lots of issues to consider, mainly that the car you choose has a large enough boot or space in which to house your pet.

Even some of the smallest cars on the market can offer a fairly large load space providing the seats are folded down such as the Ford Fusion, the Nissan Note or the Honda Jazz. Or, if you’re looking for something larger, there are plenty of Crossovers, estate cars and 4x4s which can offer accommodating boots for a dog as well as space for a larger family.

Remember, once you’ve acquired the right car to transport your pet, always put it in a harness, ideally one which attaches to a boot lashing hook or a car seat belt. We’ve chosen a few of our favourite cars below which we believe are ideal choices if you have a family pet.

Peugeot 207 SW: Prices from £4,499.00

The Peugeot 207 SW is has a larger boot and more rear passenger space than the Peugeot 207 hatch and is therefore a good choice if you’re looking for a smaller car to house your family and dog. One of the advantages of purchasing the 207 SW is that is has a high quality, spacious cabin, and it is also a cinch to drive. You’ll pay slightly more for this model than some rivals, but if you’re looking for something which looks stylish, handles well, and is affordable to buy and run, it is a sound option.

Nissan Qashqai: Prices from £7,488.00

For something slightly bigger, the Nissan Qashqui Crossover makes a brilliant choice of family car in which to house a pet. It is stylish, competitively priced, its running costs are low, and resale values are strong which means you’ll benefit when it comes to selling the car on. The Qashqai offers a good driving position which is advantageous for keeping your eyes on the road as well as the kids. Its interior is roomy and offers maximum comfort, containing a host of equipment as standard to keep passengers entertained.

Volvo XC70: Prices from £14,990.00

Estate cars are ideal for transporting pets as they are large enough to house the family as well as being safe and usually sporting a vast boot area. The added advantage of the Volvo XC70 is that it offers a sturdy metal dog guard as an optional extra if required. Although this car is not the cheapest on the market, if you’re looking for a cost-no-object solution then this is the car to choose.

Land Rover Discovery: Prices from £6,450.00

For the ultimate in off-road capability, and a 4×4 luxury car which is large enough to house a growing family as well as the family pets, the Land Rover Discovery is an excellent choice. Its brilliant both on and off-road and sports a classy cabin which is good for up to seven passengers if required. The Land Rover is versatile and offers a refined, comfortable ride. It is also packed with gadgets to make longer journeys that little bit more luxurious.





Posted by Leana Kell on 18/05/2012