Cars for people who frequently swap their car for pedal power

While some bicyclists may have it out for car drivers and some car drivers may harbor animosity towards bicyclists, there are still people out there who both like to drive and bike, without feeling like they’re betraying one community or the other. For those people we’ve assembled this list of cars that are not only good at carrying bicycles around, but are also genuinely good and pleasant cars.

These days you can pretty much fit a bike in any new car bar the smallest city runabouts, especially since most modern bikes have an easily removable front wheel that makes things so much easier. With that in mind, I’ve assembled the list of cars below and I tried to include one from all major categories of cars on sale today, from SUVs to subcompacts, all of which can and will swallow at least one bike whole (some more than one bike).

Suzuki Jimny

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If you are an extreme downhill mountain biker and you don’t so much want to pedal up the mountain, but more so descend down twisting, rock-littered and gully-avoiding tracks, then the Suzuki Jimny is a great choice. Nothing handles going off-road with such ease (because the Jimny is very light compared to any other off-roader) and, in its latest incarnation, it looks really good, it has a much better interior than before, and a decent helping of modern tech.

The only downside to it is the fact that you need a bike rack to carry your bikes because you can’t really fit them inside.
Engine: 1.3-liter four-cylinder
Horsepower: 100 horsepower
Torque: 130 Nm / 95 pound-feet
Drive: AWD
0-60 mph: 15.5 seconds (for automatic gearbox equipped-model)
Top Speed: 160 km/h / 99 mph
Price: from €17,915

Read our full review on the 2019 Suzuki Jimny

Dacia Duster

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If you like what the Suzuki Jimny has to offer, but need a slightly bigger and more well rounded vehicle, then the Dacia Duster shouldn’t be overlooked. It too pulls off the mountain goat trick in a similar manner to the Jimny - its low weight allows it to be very capable off-road and in its most recent (second-gen) incarnation, the Duster is also a much nicer car to drive, be in, and live with.

Plus, unlike the Jimny, you can fit your bikes inside a Duster, if you so choose, as its cavernous trunk will swallow them up with ease.
Engine: 1.5-liter four-cylinder turbo diesel
Horsepower: 108 horsepower
Torque: 260 Nm / 190 pound-feet
Drive: AWD
0-60 mph: 12.4 seconds
Top Speed: 169 km/h / 105 mph
Price: from €12,400

Read our full review on the 2019 Dacia Duster.

Skoda Kodiaq

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If your bike is a mountain bike and you want to ride it on difficult to get to mountain trails, then the Skoda Kodiaq is a great choice. You can fold its rear rows of seats down, and you could probably fit as many as four bicycles in the back of it. Plus it looks really good from all angles, it has a pleasant high-quality interior, a wide range of engines, and even a dedicated vRS sporty version at the top of the range.

If you buy it for the van-like carrying capacity and ability to fit several bikes, that’s fine, but it’s actually a very competent and well rounded vehicle that will actually surprise you with its breadth of abilities.
Engine: 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo diesel
Horsepower: 148 horsepower
Torque: 340 Nm / 250 pound-feet
Drive: AWD
0-60 mph: 10.0 seconds
Top Speed: 194 km/h / 120 mph
Price: from €26,299

Read our full review on the 2019 Skoda Kodiaq

Land Rover Discovery

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If you want the same basic proposition as the Skodiaq, but wrapped in a more posh looking, premium (albeit asymmetrical) package, then the Land Rover Discovery might be right up your street. Just like the Skoda, it offers three rows of seats or the possibility to fold down the two rear rows to make room for your bikes. In fact, you could probably carry a couple of bikes and still leave enough room for you to sleep on the Disco’s flat floor.

The only downside with it is its styling that isn’t to everybody’s taste, the fairly high price, and Land Rover’s spotty reliability record.
Engine: 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo diesel
Horsepower: 177 horsepower
Torque: 430 Nm / 317 pound-feet
Drive: AWD
0-60 mph: 10.5 seconds
Top Speed: 189 km/h / 118 mph
Price: from €48,790

Read our full review on the 2019 Land Rover Discovery

Volvo V60

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If you don’t need raised ground clearance and you prefer driving to the base of the mountain you intend to traverse on your bike and not climb it in your car, then why not just buy a big wagon. It will fit most of what a big SUV will, and it’s also better to drive, faster, and more comfortable. Few blend all these qualities together like the latest Volvo V60.

It’s a car you instantly want upon seeing as it is one of the prettiest cars in its segment, it has an unmatched interior, and its image is still pretty good too.

But, if you choose it simply for its load-lugging ability, that’s also just fine.

Engine: 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo diesel
Horsepower: 148 horsepower
Torque: 320 Nm / 236 pound-feet
Drive: FWD
0-60 mph: 9.9 seconds
Top Speed: 205 km/h / 127 mph
Price: from €39,700

Read our full review on the 2019 Volvo V60

Skoda Superb Combi (wagon)

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If you don’t need your big wagon to be a premium-badged wagon, then the natural, logical choice is the Skoda Superb load-lugger, a car that’s as well built as more expensive models, but you really aren’t left wanting in any category. It has nice materials, it looks like an imposing, expensive car from the outside and, most importantly in this company, it has a ridiculously large trunk that could probably easily fit three bikes inside stacked one on top of each other.

You really can’t get a nicer and more cavernous wagon for less, and you can actually spec your Superb up to match some premium rivals in terms of gadgets.
Engine: 1.8-liter four-cylinder TSI
Horsepower: 177 horsepower
Torque: 320 Nm / 236 pound-feet
Drive: FWD
0-60 mph: 8.1 seconds
Top Speed: 230 km/h / 143 mph
Price: from €29,990

Read our full review on the 2018 Skoda Superb Combi (wagon)

VW Golf Variant / SportWagen

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If you don’t need the big footprint of the Skoda Superb, but still want most of the same qualities and the same VW feeling of solidity, then why not go for the Volkswagen Golf wagon.

It may be an aging model by now, due for replacement within the next year, but that doesn’t mean it is lacking in any category - it has the most luxurious feeling and well screwed together interior of any non-premium car in its class, it has a wide range of engines, it is positively cavernous inside and, since it is nearing the end of its lifecycle, you will probably be able to haggle for a discount on a new one if you buy it now.

Engine: 1.5-liter four-cylinder TSI
Horsepower: 128 horsepower
Torque: 200 Nm / 147 pound-feet
Drive: FWD
0-60 mph: 9.1 seconds
Top Speed: 210 km/h / 130 mph
Price: from €20,300

Read our full review on the 2019 VW Golf Variant / SportWagen.

Honda Jazz/Fit

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If you don’t mind owning a subcompact car that kind of looks like a mini people carrier, then the Honda Fit (also known as the Honda Jazz in Europe and other markets) is your go-to. The Fit is really big inside by class standards and you really won’t have a problem accommodating two big bikes inside.

You will obviously have to fold down the rear backrests, but other than that, it should be pretty straightforward - the Jazz is quite tall, so it shouldn’t have a problem accommodating your bike.
Engine: 1.3-liter four-cylinder
Horsepower: 100 horsepower
Torque: 123 Nm / 90 pound-feet
Drive: FWD
0-60 mph: 11.2 seconds
Top Speed: 190 km/h / 118 mph
Price: from €14,998

Read our full review on the 2019 Honda Jazz/Fit

Ford Taurus

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If you simply must have a sedan to carry your bike inside of, then the Ford Taurus, the sedan with the largest trunk currently sold in North America, is your obvious go-to choice. It’s not especially pretty or modern by current industry (or even Ford) standards, but it’s big, it looks like it means business and, despite looking like it’s from the mid-2000s, it actually has most pieces of safety, entertainment, and convenience tech that you’d expect to find on modern cars.

And, you could probably realistically fit two bikes on their side, stacked one on top of the other with the rear bench backrest folded down.
Engine: 3.5-liter V-6
Horsepower: 288 horsepower
Torque: 344 Nm / 254 pound-feet
Drive: FWD
0-60 mph: 6.6 seconds
Top Speed: 245 km/h / 152 mph
Price: $27,800

Read our full review on the 2013 Ford Taurus

Chevrolet Impala

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If you don’t like the Blue Oval and are more of a Chevy person, then the latest Chevrolet Impala is the next best choice after the Taurus. It has the second largest trunk on the market, its rear seat backrest does fold down and, while it is slightly down on load volume compared to the Taurus, the difference is minimal and you could still describe it as cavernous.

The Impala also looks like a more modern, more contemporary vehicle and, for some buyers, this will outweigh the advantage of the Ford’s larger trunk.
Engine: 2.5-liter four-cylinder
Horsepower: 197 horsepower
Torque: 262 Nm / 191pound-feet
Drive: FWD
0-60 mph: 7.8 seconds
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Price: $28,020

Read our full review on the 2018 Chevrolet Impala

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