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The Defender might be the most dog-friendly new car ever

Land Rover’s options list has everything you need to keep your pooch happy

Published: 12 Sep 2019
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As you may have guessed, we’ve spent quite a bit of time this week playing around on the new Land Rover Defender configurator. What’s that? Procrastination? Nooo, this is research, dear friends.

There are many different options - and those four different accessory packs - to choose from, so in theory everyone should be able to build the Defender that perfectly suits their needs.

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But what if it’s not all about you? What if you’re lucky enough to own a doggo? A huge 26 per cent of the UK’s population do, so car design for canines should be important to manufacturers.

Also, dogs are the best.

Luckily Land Rover knows this, because the new Defender has some seriously dog-friendly options. There are three different packs available for your pooch, all serving a different purpose.

First up is the £696 Pet Loadspace Protection Pack, which adds a quilted boot liner and a partition between the boot and rear seats – something that’s invaluable if you’ve got an excitable Cockapoo in the back. Yep, we’re speaking from experience.

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Next up is the Pet Care and Access Pack. It costs a whopping £1,228, but it includes a ramp for your dog. A ramp! This is too cute. There’s also a portable shower so you don’t get muddy paws on your posh, 21st century interior.

For when you’re on the move there’s the Pet Transportation Pack. At £479, it’ll add a foldable pet carrier, a rubber floor mat and a ‘spill resistant water bowl’ – whatever that is.

That’s £2,403 if you spec all three of the packs then. Expensive yes, but good luck looking your pooch in the eye and telling them you didn’t buy the ramp...

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