Nissan X-Trail 4Dogs - the most dog-friendly car ever?

  • Concept car built specially for dogs
  • Your best friend’s needs come first
  • Includes a ramp, camera, and portable washer

We often talk about how dog-friendly a car is, but the new Nissan X-Trail 4Dogs concept car takes the comfort of our canine companions to another level.

The boot has been completely redesigned to provide your dog with a home from home on your journeys. All 445-litres of boot space caters specifically to your dog’s needs, from the wipe-clean quilted leather upholstery, to the no-spill water bowl, and integrated washing system.

Nissan X-Trail 4Dogs

Doggy features include:

  • Luxury dog bed
  • No-spill water bowl
  • Food bowl with dog treat dispenser
  • Pull-out 360-degree shower
  • Dog dryer
  • Slide-away ramp
  • Drying system supplying warm air to the boot space
  • Clip-on harness hook
  • Dog-cam – 10-inch screen in the boot so your dog can see you, while you watch him on the main infotainment screen
  • Audio link
  • Side compartments for storing treats and leads
  • Dog guard above the rear seats (which can already be purchased through Nissan)
  • Wipe-clean leather upholstery 

We tested out the Nissan X-Trail 4Dogs on our friend Banjo, a Lurcher, and his owner Jon Urry.

Nissan X-Trail 4Dogs

Banjo leapt into the boot with gusto, having already decided the ramp wasn’t for him. While it is sturdy and cleverly stowed away in its bespoke drawer, the ramp really is designed for smaller dogs, as it is narrow.

Nissan claim the car has room for two dogs, but again this depends on your preferred breed – two Lurchers in the back would be a bit squished. But Banjo settled happily into the dog bed, studying the dog treat dispenser with curiosity.

Switching on ‘dog cam’ was perhaps the best bit of this concept car. Being able to see Banjo on the infotainment screen while you’re driving is ingenious, and gives extra peace of mind that your pet is calm and settled. The additional audio feedback isn’t really necessary, as you can talk to your dog through the dog guard. But we loved the camera – a really clever addition.

The washing system is easy to use, with the 360-degree contraption perhaps taking some getting used to for sensitive dogs (Banjo took one look at it, and ran off to hide in the driver’s seat – but he generally hates baths anyway). Handy for muddy walks. The dryer and heated air system will soon dry off your dog, although it remains to be seen whether you’ll be left with the smell of warm, damp dog for a while, needing the windows cranking open for the rest of your journey…

The finishing touches of the dog emblems on the rear of the car, and the matching keyring, will be endearing to any dog owner.

Nissan X-Trail 4Dogs

What the experts think of the Nissan X-Trail 4Dogs: 

Veterinary practitioner Dr. Rachel Homeny commented: ‘The features in the Nissan X-Trail 4Dogs are really well-considered, and make it perfect for taking pets out in all weathers. In particular, the wash and dry functionality allows dogs to be dogs, so owners don’t need to worry about messing up the car interior. This is a great concept that caters to the needs of man's best friend.’

Ryan Gains, Chief Marketing Manager, X-Trail, added: ‘It’s clear from the research that for dog owners, dogs are a key part of the family. Ensuring their pet’s needs are catered for is often just as important as making sure the children are comfortable and happy. The Nissan X-Trail is a car that’s built for family adventures, and the X-Trail 4Dogs concept takes that to the next level.’

Sarah Wright, editor of Your Dog Magazine, said: ‘Research suggests that the majority of dog owners have their pet in mind when it comes to choosing a new car, so Nissan could be on to a winner with the X-Trail 4Dogs. Its dog-friendly features are designed to tackle some of owners’ pet hates— namely mud and wet — while providing dogs with a comfortable, practical, and safe space in the car.

‘The inclusion of the pull-out shower, the dog drier, and the slide-away ramp up to the boot, are great ideas that have really tapped in to dog owners’ needs. Dogs are seen very much as part of the family these days and, as such, owners want to ensure they are as comfortable, safe, and well catered for, as everyone else.’

How much would all these extras cost?

As this is just a concept car from Nissan, we don’t have any fixed prices on how much this would potentially cost. Would you be happy to pay extra for these dog features?