Bikes are great for getting out and about, but not always so easy to carry in your car. The frame, wheels, pedals and wide handlebars can take up a fair amount of space, so it’s handy to have a car with room to transport it all.
Whether you’re a road, mountain or BMX biker, you can still find many cars to fit everything in. Here are 10 of our favourites.
Less than £20,000
Dacia Logan MCV
For budget car buyers, Dacia is a hero of the market. Its only estate model – the Logan MCV – is really practical for its £8,495 starting price. Rather than making the vehicle a high-end product, Dacia focused on durability.
The 573-litre boot is well shaped and can be extended to 1,518 litres. Add to that the standard roof rails plus optional bike-carrying equipment and you’ve got a car that’s low in price yet highly practical.
The compact Jazz is surprisingly well suited to bike owners. The adaptable interior, such as the smart folding rear seats, is great for storing equipment, while the optional roof rack means bikes can travel on top, too.
The 354-litre boot space is superb for a hatchback, and Honda has engineered the Jazz to be comfortable on the move. Prices for new models start at £14,760, but a new version is on the way.
£20,000 to £30,000
If you’re after a car that’s spacious, comfortable and more like a van, the Berlingo could be for you. Available with 7 seats in its largest XL form, the Citroen has up to 3,500 litres of load space in the rear.
Citroen offers multiple bike-carrying means, while the huge loading area is excellent for packing all the equipment needed for even the keenest cyclist. Prices for the model start from £20,460.
If you want the cute styling of a Mini but need extra room, the Clubman could be for you. The estate-like model has a large rear space for a car of this size and can carry all the gear you would need.
The 360-litre boot can be extended to 1,250 litres when the rear seats are folded down. Mini also provides customers with a range of storage options, including roof- and rear-mounted racks. Prices for the Clubman start from £21,950.
Skoda Superb Estate
The Superb Estate is one of the most practical around. Updated in 2019, it comes with a 660-litre boot, and if you don’t need the back seats they can be folded flat to create a 1,950-litre space.
If all that interior room still isn’t enough, Skoda also fits the Superb Estate with roof rails for a bike rack. A bike carrier can be fitted to the optional tow bar for extra storage, too. Prices for the Superb Estate start from £25,185.
In the SUV world, the Skoda Kodiaq is one of the best. Functional, spacious and well built, the Kodiaq was even the base for a cycling-angled concept that came with a small workshop, storage for parts and a cleaning kit.
The standard model boasts an impressive 720 litres of boot space, which can be extended to 2,065 litres with the rear seats folded down. Skoda also offers bike-carrying equipment to make the process even easier. Prices start from £25,775.
The large MPV is one of the best 7-seaters around. And rather than using the rear space for seating, you can store all your biking kit there – making carrying it much easier.
Roof rails are standard, but customers can also get a tow bar fitted for a bike stand. Ford offers an interior bike carrier, too, meaning you can take even more with you. Prices for the Galaxy start from £29,960.
£30,000 and over
BMW 5 Series Touring
The BMW 5 Series Touring is one of the best estates around. It works well as both a great car to drive and a practical model. It may not be as spacious as rivals, but the 570-litre boot should still be more than enough for all your cycling gear.
As well as the large boot, BMW offers customers a series of bike-holding set-ups so you can take them anywhere. Cycles may be mounted on either the roof or trailer bar, giving you a great choice. Prices for the 5 Series Touring start from £39,980.
Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate
If you’re after a car that can transport your bikes and keep you extremely comfortable while doing so, you should look at the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate. Priced from £40,150, the wagon comes with a 640-litre boot, which can be extended to 1,820 litres.
With rear- and roof-mounted bike racks available, cyclists have a choice of ways to carry their pedal-powered machines. You can also buy the E-Class Estate in AMG form, meaning ferocious performance from a twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8.
Land Rover Discovery
Not only is the Discovery one of the most practical cars around, it’s also one of the most capable. The 4×4 comes with Land Rover’s Terrain Response system, so it can go pretty much anywhere.
It has plenty of interior space, too, with the boot measuring between 258 litres and 2,406 litres – while Land Rover offers customers bike racks for the roof or tow bar. Prices for the Discovery start from £47,745.