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New Car

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by Jim77, 30 Aug 2007.

  1. Jim77

    Jim77 New Member

    I am thinking of replacing my car in the next 6 months and would like one that it is easy to transport bikes with. I currently have a Skoda Fabia Hatchback and the boot space is very limited even with the seats down, I can get one bike in but it is a real struggle and leaves little room for the front passenger. I do not want to go down the roof rack route as my bike is too heavy.

    I notice that the new Vauxhall Corsa has a built in bike rack which pops out the back, which is a great idea as I would rather not fit a towbar carrier as it is just something else to store in the shed. I was wondering if anyone had any ideas or if they knew if any other manufacturers are planning to or have introduce a similar system to Vauxhall, as a Corsa is not my idea of a dream car. (Yes I know I drive a Skoda!)
    Cheers.
    Jim
     
  2. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    The Renault Modus has a similar rear mounted bike rack as an option.
     
  3. Scoosh

    Scoosh Velocouchiste Staff Member

    Location:
    Edinburgh
    Skoda Roomster ?
    Can have two bike rack in the back, apparently
    "It’s already spacious enough to carry your mountain bikes inside the car, using the optional nifty floor-mounted wheel clamps."
    http://www.skoda.co.uk/skoda3g/content/showroom/roomster/roomsterintro.aspx


    and
    http://www.skoda.co.uk/skoda3g/content/showroom/roomster/details/roomstertechnology.aspx
    "Internal bike holder - optional on all Roomsters
    An original bicycle holder also demonstrates the multi-purpose use of the Roomster’s large luggage compartment. Bicycles can be carried on the roof but this has many disadvantages (the car is more sensitive to side winds, higher fuel consumption, difficult handling). The Roomster’s interior bicycle holder is therefore especially useful and practical. Basically it is a bar immediately behind the luggage compartment’s loading edge, which has two fixtures to hold the front forks of the bike. To carry two bikes, for example, two rear seats must be removed but three people can still travel in the car. The bikes without the front wheels are put in the luggage compartment rear wheel first. The front fork is attached to a clip on the floor and the frame is fastened with a belt."
    Wonder if it's high enough for a road bike ?

    Not too pricey in its basic form either ... but you'll know that already, having a Fabia !
     
  4. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    Location:
    Penarth, Wales
    These Skoda cars are certainly making strides forward these days, perhaps the interest in bikes is a result of being used as official cars in some of the bigger races as well as sponsoring the TDU next year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  5. Joe24

    Joe24 More serious cyclist than Bonj

    Location:
    Nottingham
    Isnt the roomster a bigger version of the fabia? It looks like it, and i think i heard it somewhere.
    I had a bit of a play with the gadgets on the roomster. The CD player is like a hole in the wall bank type system with the buttons around the outside, and the options inside. The only problem is if you press the wrong button it goes on full blast, and no matter how many times you press the button again, it wont turn down. ;)
    Its pretty roomy also.
    The car my parents have is a Skoda Superb. Thats big, but i think you'd have to lie your bikes down in the boot, or just fold one seat forward. I dont think theres an estate version. But it does do 50ish MPG, its ment to do 60MPG on a long trip.
     
  6. Smeggers

    Smeggers New Member

    In betwen the Fabia and Superb is the Octavia.

    Mines the diesel estate version and easily does 50 mpg. Ive got a bike rack on the roof but quite often just drop the seats and sling it in the boot.

    Bearing in mind its only a Golf chassis, its got tons of room, this is my 6th year of owning them (had 2 so far) so I guess I can recommend them!
     
  7. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    York, UK
    Does it have to be new? All the best bike friendly cars I've come across have been proper old estate cars...

    This beauty took a trike, a bike and a boat on the roof...

    frenchtrip1.jpg

    and had better fuel consumption than you'd think, AND was like the Millennium Falcon - fastest (and smoothest) hunk of junk in the Galaxy!
     
  8. zimzum42

    zimzum42 Legendary Member

    Nissan Patrol.............
     
  9. DLB

    DLB Senior Member

    i've got a skoda fabia saloon. basically the same as your fabia but with a much bigger boot, which is the reason we bought the car. If i want to transport a bike i use my rear highmount rack from halfords. Within 5 mins the bike is on the back. I also feel the boot allows more grip for the rack than a car like yours which is 'nearly vertical' at the back.

    I could get the bike in the back but i'd have to take the front wheel off. Easier to use the rack.
     
  10. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    How about a BMW X5?

    Model Price Fuel CO2 tax Engine EU4 Fuel consump.
    4.8i M Sport * £53,860 Petrol 35% 4799cc Yes 23.5 mpg 6.5
     
  11. amir

    amir Über Member

    Location:
    Edinburgh
    We have a Honda Jazz. We can put two full sized bikes upright (with front wheel off) in the back plus lots of luggage. Very reliable and does about 50mpg.
     
  12. skwerl

    skwerl New Member

    Location:
    London
    get a Humvee. You know you want to. And you can bang on about how cycling offsets the carbon
     
  13. gkerr4

    gkerr4 New Member

    Location:
    Blackpool

    I never found the X5 all that great for putting bikes in the back - it's kind of big, but in the wrong way - If that makes any sense at all.

    The 4.8 unit is a great engine though, very powerful. although I would consider the 3.0SD twin-turbo diesel if you can live with the diesel taunts
     
  14. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    I must say that corsa with a fold out bike rack is quite cool. I think if there had to be one car i'd have if i didn't have my van, money no object, it'd have to e that.
     
  15. ratty2k

    ratty2k New Member

    Just bought a Fiat Doblo, for the same reason as posted. Pick it up next week sometime. With the rear seats folded there's 3000 ltrs of storage space!!!!!!!!!!