Overall paw score: 3 out of 5.
While the Volkswagen Golf is a very human-friendly car, it is perhaps not as canine-compatible as might be desired. A 380-litre boot is fine for smaller dogs – or medium-size breeds, when travelling relatively short distances. (Having said that, in two-seat mode, boot capacity can be increased to 1,270 litres.) Furthermore, the angle of rear seats and tailgate means that boot space is encroached upon. It’s also worth bearing in mind, that, being a hatchback, the Golf’s rear visibility is not the best.
The height of the car’s rear bumper might provide an obstacle for less mobile dogs. There’s a bit of a drop onto the boot floor too, which could also hamper access for some pets.
There is no scratch-resistant step, either, which means that the rear bumper could be damaged whenever a dog scurries in and out of the car. However, a removable, carpeted boot floor does make cleaning simple.