DOG-FRIENDLY CAR REVIEWS – VOLVO V50 (2004-2012)
Overall paw score: 4 out of 5.
For an estate vehicle, the Volvo V50 has a decently proportioned (417-litre) boot, which makes it suitable for transporting medium-to-large-size dogs. The car comes with an under-floor compartment too, which is ideal for storing a multitude of doggy accessories. Furthermore, a low boot height ensures that access for most breeds will be simple.
The vehicle is fitted with a scratch-resistant step, which prevents claws causing damage to the rear bumper whenever a pet clambers in and out. The floor of the boot is extremely durable too, and easy to clean.
Ventilation and cooling
The V50 doesn’t feature an opening rear window (other than those found in the rear passenger compartment, of course). However, air vents positioned at the back of the vehicle will help to keep your pet cool during long drives on hot summer days.
Securing your dog
A dog cage can be securely installed in the boot, thanks to the inclusion of four tie-down hoops. It’s also possible to fit one of a number of dog guards. We are more than happy to help you choose the right one, taking into account your budget and the size of your pet. In the meantime, an in-built cargo net is suitable to use as a dog guard.
Positioned below the V50’s heating controls is a button for deactivating the car’s interior sensors. This will allow you to briefly leave your dog unattended, safe in the knowledge that he or she won’t set off the alarm.
Book your test drive – and bring your dog along!
You are more than welcome to inspect the Volvo V50 for yourself, and please bring your dog with you! To book your test drive, please get in touch with us today.
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.