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DISCOVER DOG-FRIENDLY CAR REVIEWS AT MCCARTHY CARS

At McCarthy Cars, we love dogs just as much as we do automobiles. It’s one of the reasons why we are part of a select band of businesses that is resolutely dog-friendly.

Whenever you visit us, you are more than welcome to bring your faithful four-legged friend along. He or she can even accompany you as you test drive one of our range of high-quality used cars.

After all, we do everything we can to make our human visitors feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible, so why not our canine guests too?

We are in the process of rolling out our dog-friendly rating system. Every car that features a Certified Dog Friendly rosette comes with a one-to-five-paw score, which provides indication of how canine-compatible a vehicle is.

What’s more, we already have a number of dog-friendly car reviews written for several specific models.

Our critiques include details on the type of boot included, and how suitable it is in terms of dog size. Ensuring that your prized pet is left in the car for as short a space of time as possible is, of course, of paramount importance. To that end, we reveal details about car ventilation, whether it’s provided via air inlets or a tailgate window.

Our reviews will make mention of privacy glass, if fitted, which can go some way to providing a cooler in-cabin environment.

If you have any questions about our reviews, or the dog-friendliness of a specific car, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

​DOG-FRIENDLY REVIEWS – CHEVROLET CAPTIVA (2006-2012)

​DOG-FRIENDLY REVIEWS – CHEVROLET CAPTIVA (2006-2012)

Overall paw score: 3.5 out of 5. Boot area Thanks to its seven-seat capacity, the Captiva is perfect for big families. It’s also ideal for bringing along a dog or two, because the rearmost row can be folded flat in...
DOG-FRIENDLY CAR REVIEWS – VOLKSWAGEN GOLF

DOG-FRIENDLY CAR REVIEWS – VOLKSWAGEN GOLF

Overall paw score: 3 out of 5. Boot area 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,...
​DOG-FRIENDLY CAR REVIEWS – TOYOTA RAV4

​DOG-FRIENDLY CAR REVIEWS – TOYOTA RAV4

Overall paw score: 4.5 out of 5. Boot area The Toyota RAV4’s minimum-capacity 547-litre boot means that safely accommodating even the largest of dogs is possible. Moreover, the vehicle’s side-opening rear door means that accessing the vehicle from the pavement...
DOG-FRIENDLY REVIEWS – HONDA CR-V

DOG-FRIENDLY REVIEWS – HONDA CR-V

Overall paw score: 4 out of 5. Boot area The Honda CR-V is a lot roomier than you might first anticipate. Thanks to folding, sliding rear seats, the vehicle can comfortably contain a large dog. The boot floor is lower...
DOG-FRIENDLY CAR REVIEWS – MERCEDES-BENZ B-CLASS (2005-2011)

DOG-FRIENDLY CAR REVIEWS – MERCEDES-BENZ B-CLASS (2005-2011)

Overall paw score: 4 out of 5. Boot area The Mercedes-Benz B-Class’ 488-litre boot (1,545 litres with rear seats folded) is perfect for accommodating a medium-size hound. The vehicle comes with many great features, one of which is its low...
DOG-FRIENDLY CAR REVIEWS – LEXUS RX (2008-2015)

DOG-FRIENDLY CAR REVIEWS – LEXUS RX (2008-2015)

Overall paw score: 3.5 out of 5. Boot area The Lexus RX features a minimum-capacity 453-litre space, which is compromised somewhat by the angle of the tailgate window and door. The rear seats can be tilted forwards, which does help...
DOG-FRIENDLY CAR REVIEWS – HYUNDAI IX35 (2009-2015)

DOG-FRIENDLY CAR REVIEWS – HYUNDAI IX35 (2009-2015)

Overall paw score: 3.5 out of 5. Boot area The ix35’s minimum boot capacity of 591 litres is generous for a car of its class, making it especially ideal for small-to-medium-size dogs. It’s worth noting, however, that the angle of...
​DOG-FRIENDLY REVIEWS – BMW 3 SERIES TOURER

​DOG-FRIENDLY REVIEWS – BMW 3 SERIES TOURER

Overall paw score: 4.5 out of 5. Boot area The BMW 3 Series Tourer’s large boot space is ideal for safely transporting your dog. The load sill is unobtrusive, and the opening is low to the ground, making access easier...
DOG-FRIENDLY CAR REVIEWS – SUZUKI GRAND VITARA

DOG-FRIENDLY CAR REVIEWS – SUZUKI GRAND VITARA

Overall paw score: 4 out of 5 (five-door model) / 3 out of 5 (three-door model). Boot area 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...
DOG-FRIENDLY CAR REVIEWS – JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE

DOG-FRIENDLY CAR REVIEWS – JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE

Overall paw score: 5 out of 5. Boot area The Grand Cherokee’s 782-litre boot space is easily big enough to comfortably contain even the largest of hounds – or a pair of small-to-medium-size dogs. Naturally, for a car of this...
​DOG-FRIENDLY CAR REVIEWS – JEEP WRANGLER

​DOG-FRIENDLY CAR REVIEWS – JEEP WRANGLER

Overall paw score: 4 out of 5. Boot area A minimum-capacity 498-litre boot space is decent for a vehicle of this type, ensuring that the Wrangler can comfortably accommodate a single large hound, or a pair of smaller dogs. One...
DOG-FRIENDLY CAR REVIEWS – VOLVO V50 (2004-2012)

DOG-FRIENDLY CAR REVIEWS – VOLVO V50 (2004-2012)

Overall paw score: 4 out of 5. Boot area 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...
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