The following is our review, accompanying notes and dog friendliness rating for the Volvo V50 2004–2012:
Dog Friendly Features
Given that this is an estate car, the boot in the Volvo V50 is a good size, particularly for mid-sized dogs, and provides good visibility for your pet in the rear of the car.
Even though it is one of Volvo’s smallest estate cars it’s boot is disproportionately large compared to others in its class. Moreover, the squareness of the boot space makes it ideal for the use of a dog-cage.
An additional feature that we really like is that there is, on some models, an extra space underneath the boot floor that can be used for storing dog leads, balls and poo-bags etc.
However, one of the minor areas that lets these cars down is that they don’t have rear window that you can open. But, the car does allow for a degree of ventilation in the rear via some air vents. These can help keep your dog cool on long trips on hot days.
Another great feature is the boot height of this car, which is lower than comparable models. This makes it easy for getting dogs in and out of the car, particularly suitable for older and less mobile dogs. In addition, there is a scratch resistant step at the entrance to the boot meaning that the rear of the car is protected from scratches from your dogs feet as they climb in and out of the car.
These Volvos have 4 sturdy, built in cargo tie down hoops, which really make fixing a cage or harness in the boot area very easy.
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, they also have a very good additional feature: an in-built cargo net that can function as a temporary dog guard.
Being a Volvo these vehicles are very hard wearing!
Like many other dog-friendly cars, this Volvo has a very useful feature, which allows owners to turn off the interior sensor for the car alarm. The internal alarm on this car can be turned off via a specific internal button below the heating 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!!!!
In summary, when it comes to dog friendliness, we think these cars are very good and, thus, we give this car a 4 out of 5 rating for medium to large dogs i.e. a large German Shepherd or a large Labrador. However, because they are so flexible and roomy they could also accommodate very comfortably a couple of smaller dogs, such as a couple of Spaniels. Overall, a very good dog friendly car.
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.