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Best cars for dogs 2024

What are the best cars to choose if you have a dog (or dogs) and want to keep everyone on board happy? Here's our guide to the top 10 used cars for dogs and their owners in 2024.

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By Cazoo editorial team

Updated: 19 January 2024

The best cars for dogs can make journeys more comfortable for both you and your pampered pooch. So what makes a car good for dogs? Well, a boot large enough for them to be able to hop in, turn around and lie down or sit is a must. Being able to get them in and out of the back easily is a deal-breaker too, while a smooth ride helps to keep your people and your pets happy on longer trips.

Here are our top 10 best used cars for dogs, with something to suit every budget and breed.

1. Mini Clubman

You might choose the Mini Clubman because of its quirky design or its premium image, but if you’re a dog owner you could equally choose it because of how well-suited it is to journeys with your four-legged friend. 

Unlike most cars of a similar size, which have sloping boot lids and back windows, the Clubman has an almost vertical back window that gives your dog more room to manoeuvre in the boot. The Clubman’s real party piece, though, is its two side-hinged back doors in place of a traditional top-hinged boot lid. These doors are small, light and open independently, making loading and unloading your dog (or your luggage, of course) a doddle.

As a company, Mini offers all manner of accessories for dog owners and even has a dedicated ‘Dogs Hub’ on its website.

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2. Nissan Qashqai

The Nissan Qashqai is a great choice if you want hatchback-style costs but the dog-friendly boot you get with a mid-size SUV.

With its commanding driving position, high-quality interior and good standard of features the Nissan Qashqai is easy to recommend. The 430-litre boot should be big enough for most dogs, while the wide opening means they’ll find it easy to jump in and out. And because it’s so popular, there are always dozens for sale on the Cazoo website, so you should have no problem finding a Qashqai that’s right for you.

3. Volvo V90

The Volvo V90 feels so sophisticated you might ask your dog to wipe its feet before it jumps into the 560-litre boot. There are plenty of practical touches to go with the plush carpets including handy tie-down hooks, storage nets and an electric boot lid. A useful optional extra is the dog gate with a load compartment divider, which means your dog can’t jump out when you open the boot.

There’s a choice of petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid options and all versions are well equipped, with leather trim and heated seats standard on all models.

4. Dacia Duster

The Dacia Duster is a car that has everything you need to keep dogs and their owners happy. For starters, there’s a large, well-shaped boot that’s easy to clean and has enough space for even large dogs to get comfortable.

As a no-nonsense SUV, the Duster also has high ground clearance so it might be able to get you to some of the more exciting walking spots than are reachable in your average hatchback. Then there’s the price. The Duster is one of the most cost-effective SUVs you can buy, giving you the full SUV experience for the price of a small hatchback and very low running costs.

5. Honda Jazz

If you want to keep your canine pals close at hand, then a Honda Jazz could be just right for you. This is because the Jazz has a ‘Magic Seat’ system that allows you to flip up the bases of the back seats like in a cinema to create a flat, spacious area for your dog immediately behind the front seats.

As with any Honda, the Jazz is likely to be a reliable companion, so your dog’s trip to the beach is unlikely to be interrupted by an unexpected breakdown.

6. BMW X1

The BMW X1 is BMW’s smallest SUV, but it’s still more than up to the task of dog-carrying duties. With 505 litres of space available in the boot, along with room for three adults across the back seats, you’ll be able to chauffeur both kids and pets in comfort. An electric boot lid comes as standard, too, which can be opened by waving your foot under the rear bumper. Useful when ushering eager pooches in and out.

This is a clever car. It’s no larger than a small family hatchback like a Ford Focus on the outside, but the proportions and interior space give it the feel of a bigger and more expensive SUV.

7. Land Rover Discovery

There are few cars better than a Land Rover Discovery for ferrying a brace of golden retrievers for a jolly good stroll around the country park. And few cars do it with such a quintessentially British sense of style, either. Dog-friendly options include a premium quilted load-space liner to protect the floor and seatbacks, a foldable pet access ramp, a portable shower and a foldable pet carrier.

What’s standard fit, though, is the massive boot. In seven-seat mode, you’ll have 228 litres of boot space, which is roughly the same as in a small hatchback. This extends to 698 litres in six-seat mode, which is more than enough for those golden retrievers we mentioned.

8. Renault Captur

The Renault Captur is based on the Clio supermini, but clever packaging means there’s more room for your dog. The boot is huge for a car of this size, and the back seats slide forwards and backwards to create even more space for your dog to stretch out.

All models are fuel-efficient, with some diesel versions having an official average of almost 80mpg. You’ll be helping to keep you and your pets safer with a Renault Captur, too, because the model scored five stars in the Euro NCAP safety assessment programme.

9. Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate

If your dog insists on travelling in luxury, you should consider the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate. In many ways this is the perfect car for dogs and its 640 litres of luggage space means even a Great Dane will find plenty of room.

Meanwhile, a very low loading lip and a wide boot opening makes it easy for dogs to hop in and out. All models have an electric boot lid for added convenience. Don’t worry, it has an auto-stop feature that will keep it from closing if your dog decides to put its paw in the way!

10. Skoda Karoq

There are lots of reasons the Skoda Karoq should be on your list if you’re looking for a mid-size SUV. It’s excellent value, spacious and comfortable inside, and available with a range of trims and engines to suit various budgets. 

It’s a particularly good choice if you’ve got a dog (or dogs) because the boot opening is large and dog-friendly and the boot itself is tall and wide. Some versions of the Karoq also have what Skoda calls ‘Varioflex’ back seats, where the back row is made up of three sections that you can slide back and forth, recline or even remove entirely. It’s a very handy feature if you want to carry people and pets, a mix of loads, or simply want to give a large dog space to stretch out and relax after a long run.

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