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The top five reasonably priced cars for dog owners revealed

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Looking for a reasonably priced car that’s suitable for you and your dog?

There’s a lot to consider when choosing a car, from the size of the vehicle to the size of your budget – but if your dog will be a regular passenger, you’ll be thinking about what’s best for them too.  

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Swansea Bay News has joined forces with Compare the Market to reveal the most dog-friendly cars by looking at car features, including boot capacity and cabin noise, car prices and different dog sizes.

As well as getting the right car, drivers need to make sure pets are restrained while travelling, otherwise they could end up with a fine or even invalidate their car insurance.  

Compare the Market also have some great research and tips on how to keep your dog safe and comfortable on the road.

Audi A1 (Image: Vauxford / Wikimedia / Creative Commons 2.0)

The Audi A1 is the top reasonably priced car for smaller dogs (12 to 24 lbs) 

For Border Terriers, Dachshunds, Pugs etc.

The Audi A1 comes out as the top reasonably priced car for small dogs due to its starting price of £20,840 and low cabin noise level of just 53.1 decibels (which is equivalent to a quiet conversation, or a quiet refrigerator). With a boot capacity of 335dm3 (which is also 335L or the size of two bathtubs), it provides plenty of space for smaller dogs to get comfortable. 

The Seat Ibiza ranks as the second top affordable car for small dogs, with a slightly higher cabin noise of 56.1dB but lower starting cost of £17,755. The Seat Leon comes third, with cabin noise of 56.8dB and a starting price tag of £22,225.

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Top rated reasonably priced cars for small dogs

RankCar modelCabin noise per vehicle (decibels)Boot capacity (dm3/litres)Car width (mm)Car Price (£)(starting cost)
1Audi A153.13351740£20,840
2Seat Ibiza56.13551780£17,755
3Seat Leon56.83251799£22,225
4Vauxhall Corsa55.92881765£17,330
5Honda Jazz53.73041694£22,975
Audi A3 (Image: M 93 / Wikimedia / Creative Commons 2.0)

Top rated mid-range to luxury priced cars for small dogs

RankCar modelCabin noise per vehicle (decibels)Boot capacity (dm3/litres)Car width (mm)Car Price (£)(starting cost)
1Audi A356.83301816£26,070
2Mini Clubman56.83601800£27,015
3Mazda 356.63581795£28,175
4Audi TT56.13051832£35,415
5Toyota Prius – Plug-in Hybrid58.8 3591760£27,099
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Ford Kuga (Image: Vauxford / Wikimedia / Creative Commons 2.0)

The Ford Kuga is the top reasonably priced car for larger dogs (24 to 99 lbs)

For Poodles, Spaniels, Whippets, Boxers, Greyhounds, Labradors, etc.

The Ford Kuga is the top reasonably priced option for medium to large dogs due to its starting price of £24,538, and decent boot capacity (443dm3) and width (1883mm). The Peugeot 2008 is the second top reasonably priced car for bigger dogs, with a slightly cheaper starting cost of £22,735 and lower cabin noise level (52dB). The Ford Mondeo is third in this category, offering a cheaper starting price of £22,417 and better boot capacity of 476.5dm3.

Top rated reasonably priced cars for medium to large dogs 

RankCar modelCabin noise per vehicle (decibels)Boot capacity (dm3/litres)Car width (mm)Car Price (£)(starting cost)
1Ford Kuga54.54431883£24,538
2Peugeot 200852419.51770£22,735
3Ford Mondeo57.1476.51852£22,417
4Ford Focus54.73751825£19,358
5Nissan Juke54.53881800£20,420
Audi Q7 (Image: RL GNZLZ / Creative Commons 2.0)

Top rated mid-range to luxury priced cars for medium to large dogs 

RankCar modelCabin noise per vehicle (decibels)Boot capacity (dm3/litres)Car width (mm)Car Price (£)(starting cost)
1Audi Q751.7757.51970£58,435
2Porsche Cayenne52.1707.51983£63,700
3Toyota RAV4​50.15501855£35,350
4Land Rover Discovery Sport555411920£34,480
5Kia Sportage55.65911865£27,250
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Kia Sportage (Image: Alexander Migl / Wikimedia / Creative Commons 2.0)

Top 10 cars for dogs under a starting cost of £40,000

For those who can be a little more flexible with their budget but still want to find the top deals, here are the top 10 top dog-friendly cars, all under a starting car price of £40,000.

The Kia Sportage takes the top spot overall at a starting price of £27,250, followed by the Toyota RAV4 (£35,350) and the Ford Kuga (£24,538).

RankCar ModelCabin noise per vehicleBoot capacity (dm3)Car width
(mm)
Car Price (£)
(starting cost)
1Kia Sportage55.65911865£27,250
2Toyota RAV450.15501855£35,350
3Ford Kuga54.54431883£24,538
4Land Rover Discovery Sport555411920£34,480
5Audi Q250.64051794£25,655
6Ford Mondeo57.1476.51852£22,417
7Ford Focus54.73751825£19,358
8Ford Galaxy54.65001916£33,667
9Peugeot 200852419.51770£22,735
10Mercedes b class534501796£25,321

Julie Daniels, motor insurance expert at Compare the Market says: “As well as choosing the right car, drivers need to be aware of rules around travelling with animals. Driving with unrestrained dogs could result in a maximum fine of £5,000 and nine penalty points depending on the severity of the situation. It could also invalidate your car insurance. Suitable restraints include seat belt harnesses, pet carriers and dog cages”. 

You can find the full research with more information on the top cars for dogs here: https://www.comparethemarket.com/car-insurance/content/best-cars-for-dogs/

(Lead image: Wald-Burger8 / Wikimedia / Creative Commons 2.0)

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