The following is our review, accompanying notes and dog friendliness rating for the Suzuki Grand Vitara:
Dog Friendly Features
The Suzuki Grand Vitara comes in two variations: the 5-door and 3-door models.
However, it is the 5-door model that offers the best and most flexible boot space and one that is good for both medium sized and large sized dogs.
The 3-door model’s boot space suffers due to the shorter wheelbase of the car and, thus, does not offer as dog-friendly a rear space as it’s bigger relative. However, if the rear seats are folded down this offers many more options.
Finally, these cars come with a side opening rear door which when parked on the left had side of the road could help with easy and safer entry and exit from the car for your dog if you find yourself parked on a busy road.
These cars tend to come with privacy glass around the rear of the car which will go a long way to keeping the boot area of the car cool on hot and sunny days.
They also have a series of rear air vents in the boot area of the car.
Both the 5-door and 3-door models are quite high off the floor and there is a small drop from the lip of the door to the boot floor. This could make entry and exit a little tricky for some older, smaller or less mobile dogs.
The Suzuki Grand Vitara comes with 4 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.
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 and the floor is removable making it easy to clean. It also comes with loads of under floor storage suitable for poo-bags, leashes and toys etc.
The internal movement sensor on the Suzuki Grand Vitara can be disabled by locking the car then pressing the lock button again on the remote, this should disable the alarm but leave the car locked.
This is a really useful feature if you do have to pop to the shop and have to leave your pet in the car. Doing this will allow you to do so knowing that your dog 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!!!!
Because the Suzuki Grand Vitara comes in two different sizes we have decided to give it two ratings.
The 5-door model is a more dog-friendly car and offers enough space and head room for a large dog. Thus, we give it 4 out of 5 on our Paw-rating for medium to large sized dogs.
However, the 3-door models suffers a little in space terms relative to its larger relative and so we give it only 3 out of 5 on our Paw-rating for medium to large sized dogs. However, if you are willing to fold the rear seats down it would score higher.
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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.