We all love cycling, but to be honest, out bikes are among the most awkward items we might ever have to load into our cars.
Chipped paintwork, damaged rims, oily upholstery and some serious frustration, are among the known drawbacks cyclists suffer from when trying to wrangle their bikes into the back of their cars in a bid to try and get the boots to close, all the while trying their best to accommodate passengers.
Luckily there are plenty of car manufacturers that are well aware of these frustrations, and with the hopes of making life easier for cyclists, they continually come up with all kinds of solutions such as designing internal rails and external racks.
With features like these, cars designed for cyclists allow them to easily and effectively transport their own bikes (and perhaps even a few more) and their passengers to their biking destinations with ease.
In this post, we’ve rounded up three of the best cars for cyclists and their bikes. If you’re a keen cyclist looking to invest in the perfect car to take your bike with you wherever you’re heading, read on to find out which cars will make life that much easier for you as you set off to blaze your own trail!
1. Skoda Superb
Super practical, unexpectedly comfy, more-than-well equipped, reasonably priced, and decent to drive, the Skoda Superb comes in as our number one pick for the best cyclist cars. This car has a massive boot, which is probably why it’s so popular with cyclists across the world.
When you fold the rear seats down, the Skoda Superb will happily accommodate two bicycles when their front wheels have been removed. The Skoda can also be fitted with a set of roof rails or a bike rack on demand.
For extreme adventure junkies, the Skoda’s top-tier model is a perfect fit since it’s a four-wheel-drive car, albeit this does make it a little more expensive and a little heavier on fuel, but this car will get you (and your bike) to where you want to be.
The Skoda Superb comes available with a 1.4-litre petrol engine, a 2.0-litre diesel, and a powerful 4×4 2.0-litre petrol model.
- Fitted with great safety features
- Sports oodles of interior space
- Comfortable ride
- Very plain interior
- The steering feel isn’t superb
- Tends to lean a little too much with corners
2. Subaru Outback
Coming in as our second pick for this roundup, the Subaru Outback offers you a higher overall height than most other cars, almost giving it an SUV feel. The Outback comes fitted with roof rails as well as a built-in step, located at the rear door frame, which makes loading and unloading items into the boot an absolute breeze.
With the Subaru Outback’s standard four-wheel drive system, it’s rugged enough (backed by a strong diesel engine) to get you to the most remote outdoor locations. We’ll admit that the Outback might not be the classiest car around town, but once you get behind the wheel, you’ll understand why Subaru has such a loyal customer base.
- Plenty of onboard safety features
- Can easily drive off-road
- Robust and durable build
- Interior design is very dull
- Doesn’t come with a wide range of choice between engines
- The Outback’s rivals are much more defined
3. Ford Flex
Coming in as our last (but certainly not least favorite) pick for this roundup, the Ford Flex is yet another great choice of car for cyclists and their bikes. It’s almost like a more modern version of the old-school station wagon that Ford manufactured back in the day, just much funkier this time around.
With three rows of seats, the Flex can accommodate up to seven passengers. Two V6 engines both displace 3.5 liters, powered by a six-speed automatic gearbox. The Flex comes available in a base or EcoBoost twin-turbo model, but both models have oodles of room inside, and when fitted with roof rails, you’ll be smiling all the way to your cycling destination.
- Spacious and versatile interior
- Handling is superb for such a large vehicle
- With a turbocharged V6 engine, it’s a very powerful car
- The standard second-row bench doesn’t slide
- Limited availability of the advanced safety features
- Some controls and features and difficult to use