The following is our review, accompanying notes and dog friendliness rating for the Chevrolet Captiva 2006–2012:
Dog Friendly Features
This is a surprisingly spacious car. It is a 7-seater car but the great thing for dog owners is that the third row of seats can be folded flat into the floor thus providing a large boot space. However, we would warn against using the car as a dog-car when using all 7 seats as we believe the boot space would be too small.
However, one thing to note is that when the third row of seats are folded forward, ’chewy’ dogs may be able to chew on the 3rd row of seat belts which could pose a problem.
Finally, one thing to consider is that the tailgate is raked in design which compromises the boot space somewhat.
Whilst this car does not have rear ventilation, it does have a rear window that opens providing essential ventilation when the car is parked. However, a great option with this car is that you can also buy an additional accessory to allow you to have the rear tail window open safety whilst driving (ask us for details) and helping keep your dog cool on long hot trips.
The design of the car and entry into the boot makes it ideal for everyday use but the height of the bumper off the ground compared to some other cars could make access an issue for some dogs. But, this is made less serious an issue when you combine it with a level boot floor which does make entry and exit easier. Finally, there is a scratch resistant step at the rear of the boot which provides scratch protection as the dog gets in and out of the car.
Despite it’s roomy boot area, the Captiva only has 2 plastic tie-downs in the rear boot space. This is a problem when considering the use of a dog cage and securing it safely in place.
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.
The boot is carpeted making it hard wearing and suitable for cleaning.
A very useful feature of Captiva’s 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 an internal function on the car’s controls. 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!!!!
When it comes to dog friendliness, these cars fall between our good and very good rating and we give this car a Paw-rating of 3.5 out of 5. This car would be best suited to 1 large dog, 2 medium sized dogs or 3 small dogs.
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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.