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Best cars for dog owners

Whether you've got less than Β£15,000 to spend or more than Β£50,000, there's a new car that's ideal for you if you own a dog. These are our recommendations

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Best cars for dogs

There are around 6.5 million dog owning households in the UK, with nine in 10 of those thinking of their pet as a fully-fledged member of the family. So, what should you choose if you're looking for a car that's as comfortable for Fido as it is for Aunt Frida?

Well, something with a good-sized boot is obviously crucial, and a cream interior a big no-no. But you might also want to think about tinted windows to help keep your dog cool in summer, a partition grille to stop them joining you in the passenger compartment, and good air flow to prevent that 'doggy' smell.

If you've got a large dog, you'll also want to make sure they can jump into the boot instead of having to be lifted in. And, of course, a forgiving but well controlled ride is a must if you want to stop them getting car sick.

Making the right choice is more complicared than it looks at first glance, then. So, we've picked our favourite dog-friendly cars to suit all budgets.

Less than Β£15,000

Best buy: Suzuki Vitara 1.6 SZ4

Price Β£14,995

Options to add Rear seat pet protection cover (Β£46.80 official Suzuki eBay store); boot liner (Β£37.99 official Suzuki eBay store)

Read our full Suzuki Vitara review

Find a great deal on a Suzuki Vitara

Also consider:

Dacia Duster TCe 125 4x2 Laureate (Β£13,995) with optional Protection Pack, which includes all in one boot liner and exterior tailgate protection (Β£640)

Fiat Qubo 1.4 8v Lounge (Β£13,160) with no options


Β£15,000-Β£20,000

Best buy: Skoda Fabia Estate 1.0 TSI 95 SE

Price Β£15,440

Options to add Partition screen (Β£110); variable boot floor (Β£110); rubber boot mat (dealer fit); boot protecter trim (dealer fit)

Read our full Skoda Fabia Estate review

Find a great deal on a Skoda Fabia

Also consider:

Kia Sportage 1.6 GDi 130 '1' (Β£18,795) with trunk sill protector (Β£76) and bumper protection foil (Β£45)

Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer 1.6 CDTi 110 Design (Β£19,485) with foldable cargo liner (Β£117.94)

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