The best cars for dogs and dog owners: Top 10 dog-friendly models, from SUVs to estates

The best new cars with the biggest boots and quietest cabins for transporting your pets in comfort

There are around 12.5 million dogs in the UK and for many owners their four-legged friend is as much a part of the family as any child.

That means that when it comes to choosing a car, the needs of their pooch have to be considered alongside all the other requirements.

Matters such as space and ease of access are just as important for canine passengers as humans, so to help pet lovers pick the right wheels, car dealership chain Dick Lovett has compiled a list of the best new cars for dog owners, taking into account various factors that make life more comfortable and easier for pet and owner alike.

The most obvious and important factor is boot space, which is why the list is dominated by SUVs and estate cars. But the research also considered the importance of a low load height to make it easier for dogs to get in and out and a quiet cabin to keep pets calm. Running costs in the form of fuel economy were also taken into account, as was the availability of hands-free tailgate operation - a nice luxury but hardly a necessity.

The key factors contributed to a total potential score of 100, with a weighting of 40 points for boot space, 20 each for cabin noise and economy, and 10 each for electric tailgates and low lips.

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