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Thursday, 7 June 2018

What Car? crowns Mazda CX-5 the pawfect car for dogs during Pet Appreciation Week

·        Mazda CX-5 named overall winner of the What Car? Best Car for Dogs Award

·        What Car? chose a shortlist of six cars from different price-points, using a list of dog-friendly criteria created with the help of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home

·        A panel of dog-owning What Car? readers and their furry friends then came together to choose the overall winner

·        To see the video of the What Car? readers and their dogs testing out the cars, visit:

·        Check out What Car?’s New Car Buying website for the latest deals on all of the price-point winners

The Mazda CX-5 has been named the best car for dogs by What Car? during Pet Appreciation Week (4–10 June).

The UK’s biggest automotive consumer brand, What Car? is known for its thorough road tests and reviews of new and used cars. But now it has paired its motoring expertise with the pet knowledge of real-life dog owners to find the very best car for our furry friends.

What Car?’s study considered a range of dog-friendly elements of cars – such as the size and accessibility of the boot, interior air-flow and the durability of upholsteries – but it was Mazda’s newest SUV that scored highest and got the final paw of approval.

The judging panel chose from a shortlist of six vehicles selected by What Car? using its own star ratings and a list of criteria that had been drawn up with the help of the canine experts at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. Each vehicle represented a different price-point category.

The six that made What Car?’s shortlist of the most dog-friendly cars were:

Price-Point Category



Best deal on What Car? New Car Buying

Less than £16,000


Vitara 1.6 SZ4


£16,000 - £19,999


Octavia Estate 1.4 TSI SE Technology


£20,000 - £24,999


CX-5 2.2d SE-L Nav


£25,000 - £29,999


Superb Estate 2.0 TDI SE L Executive DSG


£30,000 - £40,000


E-Class Estate E220d SE


More than £40,000

Land Rover

Discovery 3.0 TD6 HSE Auto


Owners and their canine companions then came together for a day of testing in the sunshine at the Hitchin Priory Hotel, checking out the features of all of the contenders before making their decision on the overall winner.

To see What Car’s film from the testing day, visit:

Steve Huntingford, editor of What Car?, said: “There are more than 8.5 million dog owners in the UK*, and 99.9% of them consider their dog to be a member of their family**. It therefore seems only right that we should be taking our four-legged friends into consideration when choosing our cars.

“To find the best car for dogs, we carried out real-world testing with real dogs and real owners.

“Our panel of readers found the Mazda CX-5’s practical features, stylish yet solid interior and affordable pricing to be a winning combination. Not only can owners have a great-looking, great-driving car, they can also have one which gives everyone inside a safe and comfortable ride.”

Nathalie Ingham, Canine Behaviourist and Training Manager at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, said: "Road trips with your dog are part of the fun, whether that's going cross-country on a weekend break or a short trip to the park. However, you need to make sure your dog is safe and feels secure in the car, so we would always recommend ensuring any new vehicle has the appropriate features to give your furry friend a pleasant travelling experience.

"Not all dogs enjoy travelling – just like humans, some can get frightened or even car sick, so it's worth taking time to make sure your car is a familiar and cosy place for them to take a safe and enjoyable ride with you. You should always make sure there’s plenty of ventilation and never leave a dog in a hot car – the temperature inside can rise very quickly, even when it’s overcast.

"Remember you also need to comply with the Highway Code, which says that dogs need to be suitably restrained while driving so they don't distract you or cause injury to you or themselves if you stop too quickly."

Pet Appreciation Week runs from the 4–10 June.

To take advantage of the latest deals on the six price-point winning dog-friendly cars, visit




** Survey of Kennel Club members 2017

† All deals are correct and available at the time of choosing the shortlist

About What Car? 

What Car?, the UK’s leading and most trusted car buying brand, has the magazine, a market-leading website and several established brand extensions. It has helped Britain’s car buyers to make purchasing decisions for more than 40 years and its tests are widely regarded as the most trusted source of new car advice. is the UK’s leading car buying website, offering trusted reviews and data on every new car. A winner of numerous awards and accolades, is recognised as one of the UK’s leading consumer websites and attracts 1.7m unique users every month and over 13m monthly page impressions. The brand has seen major investment in its digital infrastructure as it develops a new ecommerce platform, allowing users to act on the trusted advice What Car? offers.

With a print circulation of 55,459, combined with its mobile and social reach, What Car? has more than 5.5 million monthly points of contact with its audience on the move, at work, at home and at the crucial point of sale. It is the top performing monthly on the UK newsstand in the motoring category.

About Battersea Dogs and Cats Home

·        Battersea is here for every dog and cat, and has been since 1860. Since it was founded over 150 years ago, Battersea has rescued, reunited and rehomed over 3.1 million dogs and cats.

·        We believe that every dog and cat deserves the best. That’s why we aim to never turn away a dog or cat in need.

·        In 2017, Battersea helped over 7,000 dogs and cats.

·        Battersea cares for an average of 300 dogs and 200 cats across its three centres at any one time.

·        There is no time limit on how long an animal can stay at Battersea, but the average stay for a dog is 38 days and 22 days for a cat.

·        In addition to the site in South West London, Battersea also has two other centres based at Old Windsor, Berkshire and Brands Hatch, Kent.

·        For further information on Battersea, please visit

·        Follow Battersea on Twitter @battersea_ or

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