Dog friendly rating: VW Golf 2003–2012 | Croydon, London | McCarthy Cars

Dog friendly rating: VW Golf 2003–2012

The following is our review, accompanying notes and dog friendliness rating for the VW Golf 2003–2012:

Dog Friendly Features

Boot space/head height

The boot space could feel a little hemmed in for your dog and possibly claustrophobic given the Golf’s raked rear seats and windows.

Also, given it is a hatchback visibility is not very good.

Rear window/other cooling

One of the areas that marks these cars down is that they don’t have rear window that you can open. They also don’t have rear ventilation that can help keep your dog cool on long hot trips.

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VW Golf Exterior
VW Golf Boot
VW Golf Exterior
Actual boot floor height

The height of the bumper off the ground compared to other cars could make access an issue for some dogs. Moreover, there is a sunken boot floor that could make it a possible problem for small and/or older dogs getting in and out of the car. Finally, there is no scratch resistant step at the rear of the boot which means that the rear bumper could get scratched as the dog gets in and out of the car.

Safety tie downs for dog cages

Golfs have 2 sturdy tie down loops in the boot area but the shape of the boot does not make it suitable for the use of a dog cage.

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. However, high-backed seats and rear head guards could substitute as a temporary dog guard or, in some case, a dog guard may not be needed.

Washable removable boot carpet floor

The boot is carpeted making it hard wearing and suitable for cleaning.


A very useful feature of Golfs 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 a button on the B-post, the pillar between the driver and driver’s side rear passenger. 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!!!!

VW Golf Boot Floor
Paw rating

Overall dog friendliness score

When it comes to dog friendliness, these cars are only OK and we give this car a Paw-rating of 3 out of 5 for small dogs and only 2 out of 5 for medium sized dogs. This car would be best suited to small to medium sized dogs. Smaller dogs would be fine on longer journeys but for medium sized dogs the boot size and configuration would only make it suitable for journeys up to an hour in length. As such, this car would be suitable for two Jack Russells or one Labrador sized dog.

Click here for more details about our Dog Friendly Car Rating System.

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.