New estate car for biking
So, I’m looking at getting rid of my VW Transporter and replacing it with an estate…
Current (not so-) short list is:
– Merc C-Class
– BMW 5 series
– Skoda Octavia (or a Superb)
– Audi A4
Ideally, I want to be able to keep the bike inside the car (so I can hit the trails straight from work) on some form of front wheel off mount.
It’s usually just me on my own, possibly plus one and their bike.
Anyone got any real world experience of any of those cars as MTB-mobiles? Price bracket is sub £20k, so whatever spec / age I can get for that money.Posted 4 years ago
Of that list, the merc and the Audi are tiny in the boot, the Skoda is a good size and the 5 bigger again.
I have a company car, had a 3 tourer for 3 yrs and a 5 tourer for last 10 months. The 5 is pretty much the perfect car for family and bikes…….however if it was my money I’d have a Skoda/hyundai/KiaPosted 4 years agoninfanMember
Just test driven and ordered one – drives a lot better than the van derivatives e.g. Berlingo, but much more ‘bike practical’ than a normal estatePosted 4 years agonickdaviesSubscriber
I wanted the Octavia next, had a good look but it’s got a boot lip.
For me an estate has to have a completely flat load area, no boot lip and enough room to swallow 3 bikes, people and kit.
I’ve got a Focus estate currently and it’s great if a smidge tight 3 up, Mondeo would do all that, both for sub 20k. I’m leaning towards the new Leon estate next, 180bhp diesel with all the toys, no load lip and flat boot floor.
You’d be amazed how few estates can actually do flat load area and no boot lip – my favourite was the Hyundai i40 which I would have had but they ditched the flat load area for the ability to recline the rear seats by 15 degrees. I mean how many people have that on their hit list when shopping for an estate?!Posted 4 years ago
BlindMelon – Member
Will any estates take a bike without putting any seats down?
iainc – Member
I have 3 thule 591’s on my 5 but the track bike goes in the back a few times a week with seats down, no wheels off and shelf not even retracted. Fully flat and no lip
Yes 🙂Posted 4 years ago
Northwind – Member
Some people get antsy when I slag off VAG estates for their stupid boot lips. But it’s true, it’s a horrible piece of design and to me makes most of the difference between a good and bad estate. It just says “We can’t be bothered doing this right”.
Boot lips in estates are not helpful. However my VAG estate doesn’t have one!Posted 4 years agoAlasdairMcMember
It’s not strictly an estate, but I had a Merc B Class until a few months ago and it was great for bikes. Two with front wheel off was easy, but it would also fit a road bike upside down with wheels off and the seats up.
Not the most exciting drive – the B180 was 108bhp so definitely get one of the more powerful ones.Posted 4 years ago
Northwind – Member
Yah, fair point, my rant was A4 and Octavia focussed.
Don’t worry – it’s got an impractically low roofline which more than makes up for the lack of boot lip. It’s great for what we want – big boot for luggage and kids stuff. Not terrifically good as a bike car.Posted 4 years agoDefenderMember
[/quote]Not estate, and not a particularly big car, but the civics rear seats fold up from the base and against the upright, allowing you to sit a bike in the footwell easily. Remove front wheel only.
The Jazz has the same ‘magic seat’ arrangment which works really well.Posted 4 years ago
There is a Civic Tourer due out, with the rear seats down it has over 1900 litres.
I’ve had an invitation from Honda for the launch on 14th/15th February, I will be taking a look at that.jambalayaSubscriber
OP I have an A6 Avant Quattro, 7 years and 120k miles great car. Will take a bike with front wheel off but laid on its side. It’s one of those estates that’s not that roomy as a load carrier but very spacious for 4 adults. For one (or two) bikes the A4 boot isn’t that much smaller and the overall car is easier to manage in multi story car parks etc. In reality a Golf will do the same.
@Northwind – no boot lip on an A6 nor from memory an A4 (yes for A3 or some Golf models)Posted 4 years agopeterfastlaneMember
Got a 2006 520d tourer(estate). Fits a single bike with seats down , wheels in lying flat. Or two on the roof, or three on the tow bar rack. 130,000 miles 40mpg, grey cloth seats mark easily though if you get them wet. Just use it like a van and don’t worry about it. Bought a 2011 520d sport tourer to replace this, which is a much better car, but can’t bear to put my mtb in it, so kept the old 520 as well.Posted 4 years agoshifterMember
rugbydick – Member
Ideally, I want to be able to keep the bike inside the car on some form of front wheel off mount.
It’s a ball ache doing this in my Astra estate. It’ll fit, just with the false floor folded back, but it’d be a fight with two and there’d be no space for a fancy “mount”.
We could do with a “show us your bike in your boot (pic heavy)(bikes in boots content)” pic thread 😉Posted 4 years agoDezBSubscriber
Cos the Mondeo looks a bit boring? I’ve got one and don’t care how it looks, but the boot is massive – bigger than all the others he lists (don’t know about the Merc) becaase the wheel arches don’t intrude into the boot space. So easy to lob a bike in.Posted 4 years ago
Nicer to drive than the Skoda (and an Avensis, if that was on the list).
I’d consider a Passat over the OP’s shortlist.
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