Dog friendly rating: BMW 3-Series Tourer 2005-2013 | Croydon, London | McCarthy Cars

Dog friendly rating: BMW 3-Series Tourer 2005-2013

The following is our review, accompanying notes and dog friendliness rating for the BMW 3-Series Tourer 2005-2013:

Dog Friendly Features

Boot space/head height

The BMW 3-Series Tourer is a very good example of dog-friendly car. It offers a spacious boot area and it is low to the ground compared with other cars, making it ideal for for both medium sized and smaller dogs.

Rear window/other cooling
The BMW 3-Series Tourer comes with a great feature: an opening rear tailgate window. This allows drivers to provide essential ventilation to the rear of the car when stationary. Drivers can also buy a ’bird-beak’ accessory that allows the rear tailgate to be fixed open when the car is stationary and when owners want to leave their dogs in the car. Ask our team about details of where you can pick up one of these useful accessories. Added to that the BMW 3-Series Tourer comes with rear air vents that will allow dog owners to keep their pets cool when driving along on hot and sunny days.
Certified Dog Friendly
BMW 3-Series Tourer Exterior
BMW 3-Series Tourer Boot
BMW 3-Series Tourer Exterior
Actual boot floor height

The design of this car is such that it has a low floor and small lip making the entrance to the boot area easy for most sizes of dogs.

Safety tie downs for dog cages

The BMW 3-Series Tourer comes with 4 metal tie downs in the rear boot space meaning that it is well equipped for all eventualities and that a dog cage can used and secured safely in place.

Dog guards

There are lots of different options available for dog guards for these cars depending on your budget and the size of your pet. Ask us for details and recommendations.

Washable removable boot carpet floor

The boot is carpeted and the floor is removable making it easy to clean. It also comes with a good amount of storage suitable for poo-bags, leashes and toys etc.


A very useful feature of the BMW 3-Series Tourer is the ease at which you can turn off the interior sensor for your car alarm. The internal alarm on this car be turned off via the car’s key remote control. So, if you do have to pop to the shop and have to leave your pet in the car then you can do so knowing that they will not set off the alarm when you are queuing up to pay. However, please be aware we strongly advise not keeping your pets locked in hot cars!!!!

BMW 3-Series Tourer Boot Floor
Paw rating

Overall dog friendliness score

The BMW 3-Series Tourer is one of the best cars we regularly have in stock when it comes to dog-friendliness, particularly for transporting a couple of small dogs or a medium sized dog. Therefore, in our opinion, when it comes to dog friendliness, these cars rate very well on our rating scale and earn a Paw-rating of 4.5 out of 5.

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Disclaimer: This review is to be taken only as our opinion of the suitability of the car for dog owners and their pets rather than fact, advice, or counsel. Moreover, exact details and specifications may differ across the different models of cars referred to in the review. Finally, we, and the manufacturers of the cars, are not to be held responsible or liable in any way for the opinions voiced in this review.