DOG-FRIENDLY CAR REVIEWS – SUZUKI GRAND VITARA
Overall paw score: 4 out of 5 (five-door model) / 3 out of 5 (three-door model).
The Grand Vitara’s 375-litre boot space (1,160 litres with 60/40 split-folding rear seats flipped) is ideal for medium-to-large-size dogs. This capacity is available with five-door models. Three-door variants, however, aren’t quite as capacious, owing to a shorter wheelbase. Nevertheless, with rear seats folded, boot volume can be increased.
The vehicle’s side-opening rear door provides enhanced access to the boot when the car is parked with its nearside adjacent to the kerb. That said, the boot floor might possibly be a little too high for some dogs to be able to get in on their own. However, stowage provision is provided underneath – ideal for keeping pet accessories in one place. The boot floor can easily be cleaned too, thanks to a removable carpet.
The majority of Grand Vitara models feature privacy glass, which helps to keep the internal temperature of the car at an agreeable level. More importantly, rear-positioned air vents ensure that the boot is nice and cool on hot, sunny days.
Securing your dog
Four tie-down loops are included as standard, and are perfectly suitable for keeping a dog cage safely in position. The vehicle can be fitted with one of a range of dog guards too, to suit all breeds and budgets. Please get in touch with us for more information.
If you need to leave your pet in the car for a minute or two, simply lock the vehicle; then, press the lock button on your key fob once more to disable the sensors. This will ensure that your dog can’t set off the alarm as you make a quick visit to a shop.
Get in touch
Please don’t hesitate to book a test drive of the Suzuki Grand Vitara today – for you and your dog.
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.