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The REV Test: Dog-friendly cars

Our three experienced motoring journos, Rachael, Erin and Vicki Butler-Henderson (REV), are back. This week they're testing three dog-friendly cars. But which one will be perfect for your pooch?

Ivan Aistrop

Words by: Ivan Aistrop

Published on 26 October 2018 | 0 min read

We love our dogs in here in Britain, and it’s estimated that around nine million of them are kept as pets in the UK. That means there are a lot of families in need of a dog-friendly car. This week Rachael, Erin and Vicki look at three of the best.
Both the Volvo V90 and Land Rover Discovery come with bags of space and a plethora of dog-friendly optional extras, such as protective cages, harnesses and carriers. The Honda Civic, meanwhile, was named as the Best Car for Dog Owners in Auto Trader’s 2018 New Car Awards, as voted for by almost 40,000 car owners who rated their car in 16 key areas. Watch the video to see how they got on.
Find out why we're doing all this, and what The REV Test is all about.
Watch our first REV test on small sports cars featuring the Mazda MX-5, Fiat 124 Spider, and Audi TT. Watch our second REV test on hybrids, featuring the Toyota Prius, Hyundai Ioniq, and Audi’s first plug-in hybrid, the A3 Sportback e-tron. Watch our third REV test on small hatchbacks, featuring the UK's biggest selling car ever, the Ford Fiesta; a serious contender for the Fiesta crown, the Seat Ibiza; and the Vauxhall Corsa, which will be getting an upgrade next year. Watch our fourth REV test on small SUVs, featuring the stylish and practical Hyundai Tucson, immensely popular Nissan Qashqai and Renault Kadjar, which is the sister car to the Qashqai. Watch our fifth REV test on sports cars featuring the muscly Ford Mustang, the potent Porsche Boxster and amazing BMW M4. Watch our sixth REV test featuring super practical seven-seaters: the great to drive Ford S-Max MPV, stylish Peugeot 5008 SUV, and huge and practical Citroen Grand C4 Picasso/SpaceTourer. Watch our seventh REV test on mid-size luxury SUVs. It’s the turn of the high quality and tech-filled Audi Q5, the well-rounded Mercedes-Benz GLE, and the sleek and sexy Range Rover Velar. Watch our eighth REV test on budget SUVs, featuring the Jeep Renegade, with its proper off-road ability, the value for money Dacia Duster, and the stylish Suzuki Vitara S. Watch our ninth REV test on electric cars, featuring the sporty BMW i3, the quirky Kia Soul EV and the sensible Renault Zoe. Our tenth REV test features hot hatches (and a hot estate!). It's the turn of the granddaddy of the hot hatches, the Golf GTI, the lairy Honda Civic Type R, and sensible-looking (but definitely not sensible) Seat Leon Cupra ST. REV takes a look at three big luxury SUVs, the high-quality Audi Q7, the super safe Volvo XC90, and the proper off-roader, the Land Rover Discovery. People might be all over SUVs right now, but there’s definitely still a place for the humble estate. Carry on camping, with three small estate cars. Which is the best out of the Peugeot 308 SW, Skoda Octavia Estate, and Volkswagen Golf Estate?
Series two
Believe it or not we’re already on to series two. Our three experienced motoring journos are back: racing driver Vicki Butler-Henderson, Millennial Rachael Hogg, and mum Erin Baker (REV!) are testing three of the UK's most popular first cars – the Skoda Citigo, Hyundai i10 and Toyota Aygo.
In episode two of series two, the team look at three pick-up trucks. Vehicles like the Toyota Hilux, Mitsubishi L200 and Ford Ranger have gone from being exclusively used by farmers and small business owners, to being lifestyle vehicles used by families who want a tough off-roader for some weekend adventures. But which is best?

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