German shepherd in the back of an SUV. It climbed in there using a ramp.

4 Best Dog Ramps for SUVs

If you’re like me, you’ll have struggled with getting bigger dogs into the car in the past! When it comes to SUVs and bigger vehicles, these struggles only seem to amplify. Whether you’ve an older dog, a larger pooch, or simply aren’t able to hoist them into your SUV on your own, it makes sense to look for the best dog ramps for SUVs on the market.

Over the years, I’ve tried and tested a few different models for my pets – and if you’ve ever tried getting a golden labrador into a Nissan Qashqai, you’ll be as thankful as me to have a handy ramp on side to lessen the strain.

Using my own experience and researching the market further, I’ve come up with a list of the best-performing (and best value) SUV dog ramps available to buy right now. Not sure what to look for? No worries – I’ll help with that, too!

Best Dog Ramps for SUVs – My Top Picks

Below, I’ve lined up some SUV dog ramps that I feel are the pick of the crop. Having tested a few different styles and types over the years, I know what I’m looking for – and hopefully, these picks will help you find an ideal fit for your car and pooch. I’ve also looked closely at ratings from verified buyers, and I’ve considered genuine value, too.

1. Yzilxy Collapsible Dog Ramp

Collapsible Dog Ramp, Bi Fold Ramp for Pets, Car/SUV Ramp...
  • ▶Low-stress Ramp: This dog car ramp is designed to be a low-stress entry point for your pets, no...
  • ▶Durable Lightweight Design: This lightweight 9lbs pet ramp with durable plastic construction and...
  • ▶Non-slip Surface: The gentle incline and non-slip surface of the dog ramp for the car make it...

Designed and built with older dogs in mind, this lightweight ramp weighs a little over 4kg and, while made from plastic, is impressively durable. In fact, it’ll easily carry dogs of up to 80kg – both on the climb and back down again!

What I really like about this SUV dog ramp is the non-slip design. The surface is designed to help provide grip for your pooch as they ascend and descend. It’s great for SUVs with considerable height as it will extend up to 1.5m – it’s a foldable option that will also compact and fit into your vehicle with little to no complaint. 

If you’ve never set up a dog ramp before, this model also makes life easy for you – all you need to do is simply unlock it, secure its rubber footing, and balance it evenly on the ground and into your boot. It’s just as simple to compact up again.

Pros:

  • Really easy to set up, use and put away
  • Nice and lightweight for regular travelling
  • Gripped surface makes it easy for pets to climb on and off
  • Can hold dogs of up to 80kg
  • Extends up to 1.5m in length

Cons:

  • Not a known brand
  • Few reviews available from other buyers at present

2. Lemniscate Portable Dog Ramp

Dog Ramps for Large Dogs SUV, Portable Lightweight Pet Ramp...
  • 【SAFETY & DURABLE】The Pet Ramp helps pets of all ages to access vehicles and various household...
  • 【ADJUSTABLE SIZING】Adjustable length from 28.7'' to 64'', width 16''. Simply unfold and place on...
  • 【LIGHTWEIGHT TELESCOPIC RAMP】Manufactured by superior PP & aluminum, this fold-able ramp is...

Lemniscate’s SUV dog ramp is a little more expensive than most, but you can expect some of the best load bearing on the market. Made from plastic and aluminium, this model is developed with strength in mind – and it’ll carry up to an impressive 83.9kg in weight!

This is an extendable ramp that offers a platform length from 71cm all the way up to 1.6m. Therefore, it’s likely to fit many popular SUVs. Simply slide out your ramp to your desired length and clip into place. It’s one of the most impressive SUV ramps on the market for portability, allowing users to simply fold back up and store in the boot for when you get to your destination.

I particularly like the aluminium side rail on this ramp – which allows for extra stability. There’s also a nice amount of grip in the track itself, meaning pets can climb up and down in all weathers without slipping.

Pros:

  • Extremely light and easy to pack away
  • Lots of grip – great in wet weather conditions
  • Side rail allows for extra security and stability
  • Telescopic build allows for up to 1.6m of ramp
  • Will hold almost 84kg

Cons:

  • Fairly expensive
  • Doesn’t have a lock mechanism

3. PetSafe Happy Ride Twin XL

PetSafe Happy Ride - Extra-long Telescoping Dog Ramp,...
  • CONTINUE ADVENTURES TOGETHER: Use the telescoping ramp to help your best friend get in and out of...
  • EXTRA-LONG ADJUSTABLE SIZING : Longer length and extra wide telescoping ramp allows you to help your...
  • DURABLE: Tough, strong aluminium material supports pets who weight up to 140 kg

PetSafe is a fantastic brand that may be familiar to many of you reading – and their landmark telescopic dog ramp is built with SUVs and 4x4s in mind. Weighing 8kg, this extending ramp can hold up to 140kg at any one time. It’s the ‘XL’ model in their Happy Ride range – meaning if you’d prefer a smaller option, a ‘standard’ model may suit you better.

This aluminium dog ramp with side rail also boasts a non-slip surface to allow for safer travel on and off. It extends up to 2.2m – making it one of the longest SUV dog ramps on the market right now!

PetSafe advises that this ramp should fit vehicles of most sizes, meaning whether you’re driving a Range Rover Epoque or a Fiat Punto, you shouldn’t have much worry about getting your pup in and out of your ride.

Handily, PetSafe also provides a short guide on how to get your dog acclimatised to the ramp – which, depending on their demeanour, may take some time! Thankfully, the PetSafe XL is nice and easy for owners to pop out and put away again.

Pros:

  • One of the longest SUV dog ramps available right now
  • Reasonably priced for the length
  • Can hold weight of up to 140kg
  • Nice and simple to fold up and take with you
  • Will fit SUVs of most sizes
  • Handy side rail for extra security

Cons:

  • Mechanisms may be a little fiddly at first

4. Kleinmetall DogWalk3

Kleinmetall DOGWALK3 Telescopic Dog Ramp Length 73-163 cm
  • Length freely adjustable from 73 to 163 cm. Only 73 cm long when pushed together!
  • Total width 41 cm. Wide tread: 35 cm. Space-saving storage
  • Safe running surface thanks to strong structuring in a special diamond shape. Side safety bars.

Kleinmetall’s DogWalk SUV ramp is one of the most portable and certainly positions itself as one of the most affordable options on the market right now. Weighing just 5.5kg, it’s also a great choice if you’re looking for ease of portability as a priority. In fact, it comes with a carry case that you can simply clip into and take with you!

This sturdy ramp extends up to 1.6m from a minimum of 73cm, making it ideal for various vehicle demands – large SUVs and 4x4s included. It’s a great choice for larger dogs, too – as this ramp will easily accommodate pets of up to 85kg in weight on and off.

A telescopic model built in aluminium, this quick-shrinking model is robust and steady – boasting plastic feet that you can easily pivot to allow for ease of entry and exit.

I like this particular ramp as it’s one of the easiest to set up and use. It’s always a good idea to check the unit and its feet carefully before use, but you should expect years of careful ascending and descending.

Pros:

  • One of the best-priced SUV dog ramps around
  • Bears up to 85kg
  • Extends to an impressive 1.6m
  • Very easy to set up and pack away again via case
  • Ideal for older pets

Cons:

  • Very few to speak of!

Why should you invest in an SUV dog ramp?

Let’s face it – some SUVs are huge. If you’ve ever tried getting your dog out of something as imposing as a Honda CRV, for example, you’ll know that it’s a cumbersome task! 

SUV dog ramps are fantastic if you want to take your dog on regular journeys in your larger vehicle. They’re built for both large and small pets alike, and are ideal if your pup doesn’t want to jump in and out. In fact, they may risk hurting themselves if there’s too much height – so it’s actually a solid safety investment.

Speaking of safety, consider your dog’s age and physical health. If you have an older pooch who simply can’t make it in and out of larger vehicles, an easy fold-out or telescopic ramp will prove amazingly beneficial for them. They can simply trot on and off as and when you arrive.

You really need to think about your own health, too. Can you physically handle picking up and lifting a large dog in and out of an SUV? What if you’re disabled or pregnant? Rather than risk unnecessary strain for everyone involved, it makes sense to choose a reliable ramp that you can pitch up to get Rover in and out at short notice.

What to look for in dog ramps for SUVs

It’s probably easy to think all SUV dog ramps do the same job – and honestly, you’re right! But, the ramp you look for is going to need to suit your dog’s needs as well as the type of SUV you’re helping them into. Here’s a quick breakdown of what you should be shopping around for.

Weight capacity

You’ll typically need a dog ramp if you have a larger or heavier dog than most, especially if they won’t climb into your vehicle willingly! However, some are built for lighter pets, so always be sure to consider how much of a load your chosen ramp will withstand.

Side rails

If your dog is particularly unsteady and requires extra support, it’s worth looking out for a ramp option with side rail attached. Sadly, these features don’t always come as standard – but it may be better to be safe than sorry. Look for a dog ramp that balances side railing with a non-slip surface if your pet is particularly nervous or likely to lose their footing.

SUV adaptability

In my experience, most mass-market SUV dog ramps will fit most of the popular makes and models on the British market. However, it’s always a useful idea to check the fine print. Will your chosen ramp fit an Audi Q7 or a Hyundai Tucson, for example? What about a Toyota Rav4? You won’t always see these models mentioned (as most will simply say ‘suitable for SUVs of X size’) – but it pays to check.

Portability

You’re going to want a ramp that you can take with you to wherever your journeys lead. Look for a dog ramp you can easily fold up and store in the boot, one that’s easy to unfurl and click back into place when you get to point B. Lightweight models are also going to be highly appealing when it comes to portability and ease of access, too – but be sure to balance this with load bearing.

Telescopic function

If you don’t opt for a foldable ramp, telescopic ramps can still be useful – they simply slide out from a smaller size into a longer length. These options tend to be very light and easy to compact, though they’re not always as strong as their foldable counterparts. These options also tend to break down permanently – meaning it may not be sustainable for you long term.

Permanence

If you’re looking for the strongest and most durable of dog ramps, consider a permanent addition that you can fix up to your SUV whenever it’s needed. These can be bolted up for extra security, but the main drawback is the fact you won’t be able to move it from place to place as easily as the above choices.

Steps

Steps and stairs for dogs don’t always work well with SUVs due to height, but depending on your pet’s needs – such as joint issues or size – a small flight may be more beneficial than a standard ramp.

Price

In my opinion, my dogs’ safety is worth any cost – and any price you pay for a sturdy, reliable SUV dog ramp is going to be great value if it withstands years of use, and helps your dog feel safe and steady. However, if you are budgeting carefully, keep in mind that ramps will vary in price between £150 and £500 – there’s a wide market!

Conclusion

Investing in a dog ramp for your SUV will not only save you time and energy, but will also help any larger or less stable pets from getting in and out of your vehicle. Trust me – it’s worth putting money into a reliable, long-lasting ramp that’s easy to fold down and pop back up. You’ll get years of use from the right model, and the best news is, you typically won’t have to invest in a special ramp to fit your specific SUV!

Why not take a look at my top picks above and see what fits your needs – and those of your pet?