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These are the best cars for cyclists

These are the best cars for cyclists

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With the summer upon us, more and more people will be heading out under pedal power to make the most of the longer days and warmer weather. But what if you want to take your bike a little further afield, or need to transport it somewhere else? That’s where a car comes in - but some are better at facilitating a bike than others. We’ve picked out some of the best.

Audi e-tron

The Audi e-tron could be the best all-electric car available for cyclists at the moment. Not only is it cutting-edge both in terms of looks and technology, but it’s also extremely practical - and, most importantly, it’s available with a bike rack for the roof.
And with a maximum range of up to 252 miles, you shouldn’t have to worry about charging in between cycle rides too often. 

Audi e-tron


BMW 5 Series Touring

The BMW 5 Series Touring has historically been the go-to option in the large estate segment. Furthermore it makes an excellent choice for bikers, thanks to its huge boot capacity and flexible storage options. It’s available with a roof-mounted bike rack, as well as one for the tailgate.
The split boot - which incorporates a separate glass hatch - has always been a handy feature, meaning you can grab items from the boot without having to open the entire door. 

BMW 5 Series Touring


Volvo V90

Volvo’s latest large estate car - the V90 - has been somewhat of a smash hit, and it’s little wonder why; plenty of in-car tech, huge levels of safety equipment and simplistic Scandinavian design combine to create a very impressive car indeed. 
But it’s the superb boot capacity which makes it ideal for bikers. Volvo is big on additional equipment for its cars, which is why as well as the single bike roof rack, you’ll find a tow bar-mounted system capable of carrying up to four bikes too - ideal for cycling families. 


CUPRA Ateca

The CUPRA Ateca is the first car to come from CUPRA since it became a standalone brand, distancing itself from parent company SEAT. Though based on the regular Ateca, this CUPRA version features a powerful 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine with close to 300bhp. Put neatly, it’s a very quick car, capable of going from 0-60mph in five seconds. 
Despite being on the compact side of things when it comes to SUVs, the CUPRA Ateca manages to be reasonably practical, and it’s not too much of a stretch to fit a bicycle in the back of the car when you fold the seats down. A roof-mounted carrier is available too, of course. 

Cupra Ateca


Skoda Superb Estate

Skoda’s Superb Estate probably has the best cycling credentials of any car here, having been the car of choice for Tour de France teams for many years. The ability to carry several bikes at once is a big bonus, but the car’s ride is too - it’s comfortable, and therefore makes journeys when you’re no longer in the saddle a bit easier.
Available with a range of engines and specifications, there’s likely to be a Superb for any cyclist. 

Skoda Superb Estate


Jeep Gladiator

The regular Jeep Wrangler may not be the best choice for cyclists, but the upcoming Gladiator? Now that’s a completely different kettle of fish. With a large rear load bed, it’s ideal for mounting bikes to, and you can keep them all in a row by placing the front wheel of each bike over the folding rear bed.
But more than anything, it just looks incredibly good. In may be one the more out-there choices on this list, that’s for sure. 

Jeep Gladiator


Mercedes E-Class All-Terrain

It’s funny how estate cars keep cropping up on this list, right? It makes sense, as they offer improved space over a saloon while retaining a comfortable ride and plenty of refinement. 
The Merc’s E Class All-Terrain throws a bit of extra go-anywhere ability into that mix. A good choice for off-road cyclists, E-Class All-Terrain will be better suited to dealing with slippery conditions than its more road-orientated rivals. 


Jaguar F-Pace

Jaguar’s F-Pace has been designed for lifestyle adventures from the off - it was even released with a special wristband-style ‘activity key’, allowing you to leave the standard key inside the car, locking and unlocking it instead with the band. It means you can go out and cycle without having to worry that you’ll drop the keys along the trail. 
It’s a practical car too, and the all-wheel-drive system on the F-Pace is impressively versatile, allowing it to get here, there and everywhere.

Jaguar F-Pace


Subaru Outback

When it comes to building rugged, go-anywhere cars, Subaru knows a thing or two. The Outback is a case in point; it’s remarkably good of road and it’s robust both inside and out. We’d argue that it’s not one of the most traditional bicycle transport choices, but that’s no reason to dismiss it.
It’ll take all manner of beating and still keep going, and it’s got plenty of places to store all of the kit associated with cycling, too. 

Subaru Outback


Volkswagen Passat Estate

The Volkswagen Passat Estate is the perfect option for cyclists wit large boot space for plenty of storage and a maximum cargo capacity of 1,780 litres thanks to 60/40 split-folding rear seats. It’s superbly practical and it’s a great car for cyclists - be they road cyclists or mountain cyclists.

Volkswagen Passat Estate

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