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Top 10 cars for cyclists

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Britain is going cycling mad. Here’s 10 cars to put Britain’s two-wheel fans on the move

We’re a nation of cycling addicts, with the people of Britain pedalling their way to more than three billion miles every year. Seeing the likes of Chris Froome, Sir Bradley Wiggins, Laura Trott and Jason Kenny doing great things on two wheels has chimed with the 50% of us who own a bicycle of some kind.

But while we’re unlikely to be setting a world record in an Olympic velodrome, you might need a car suitable for carrying a bike or two. With this in mind, we’ve selected 10 of the best cars for cyclists. On yer bike…

Skoda Octavia

Skoda started life as a bicycle company, so it comes as no surprise to discover the Czech company sponsors a number of cycling events across Europe. Whether it’s the prestigious Tour de France, the Tour of Britain or RideLondon, you’ll find the Skoda badge plastered on cyclists’ jerseys and on the side of the road. As you’d expect, Skoda offers a number of cycling accessories, including an internal bicycle holder and lockable bicycle carrier. And in the Octavia estate, you have one of the best value cars for cyclists in the UK.

Honda Civic Tourer Active Life

This is a seriously cool car for cyclists. It’s called the Honda Civic Active Life Concept and it made its UK debut at the Triathlon Show in February 2016. It features an integrated smart loading rack capable of transporting two bicycles, along with a retractable arm for repair and maintenance. Storage solutions include a toolbox, bottle holder, water tank and front wheel holder, all integrated within the boot’s side lining. If a well-known beer brand made cars for cyclists…

Honda Jazz

The Honda Jazz is a supersize supermini which is surprisingly good for cyclists. It’s all thanks to the ingenious Magic Seats, which flip as well as fold, resulting in 18 possible configurations. The load length of 2.4m and height of 1.2m means it’s possible to transport two bikes. You can even turn your Honda Jazz into a single-seat supermini, if you’re cycling alone. It’s practically brilliant.

Subaru Forester

Think of the Subaru Forester as a cross between a rugged estate car and an SUV, perfect for handling grassy fields, muddy tracks and wet weather. Thanks to Subaru’s legendary symmetrical all-wheel drive system, the Forester is a car for all seasons and available with a choice of petrol and diesel engines. The 60/40 split reclining rear seats fold nearly flat with a one touch button, creating 1,592 litres of load space. Access is flat and there’s no lip or suspension turret intrusion.

Maserati Levante

Maserati is a lead sponsor of the Tour de Yorkshire Ride, which is like the Tour de France, just with a unique Yorkshire twist. You might think that Maserati is unable to offer a car with the practicality required for cycling, but all that changed with the arrival of the Levante, the Italian firm’s first SUV. The all-wheel drive Levante benefits from active air suspension, featuring five ride heights and six different modes. Either stick your bikes on the roof or in the boot.

Land Rover Discovery Sport

The Discovery Sport is the replacement for the Freelander, with the added bonus of a flexible seating arrangement. Not only is a seven-seat version available, the Discovery Sport retains the footprint of a traditional five-seat SUV. What’s more, the second row of seats can slide back and forth to provide similar legroom to a Range Rover. You can also order a bike carrier, either for the roof or the tow bar, along with a tailgate seat, should you need to take a breather following a tough day of cycling.

Hyundai Santa Fe Team Wiggins

In March 2016, Hyundai became the official vehicle supplier to the Team Wiggins cycling team. As part of the agreement, Hyundai will supply two i40 Tourers, two modified Santa Fe SUVs and an iLoad van. If you fancy channelling your inner Sir Bradley Wiggins, you can order a Team Wiggins Edition of the popular Santa Fe. It’s based on the Premium SE model and features bespoke detailing, 19-inch alloy wheels and Wiggins badges. Only 500 will be built.

Nissan Leaf

As a lead sponsor of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Nissan will present Nissan Team GB and ParalympicsGB athletes with a gold Nissan Leaf, should they return home with a gold medal. Good news for double gold medalist, Max Whitlock. The all-electric Leaf is a good choice if you fancy a zero emissions car to go with your zero emissions sporting activity. Opt for the 30kWh Leaf and you could cover up to 155 miles on a single charge.

Vauxhall Adam with FlexFix

Vauxhall’s FlexFix system is a clever piece of kit available for nine different models. It’s fully integrated in the rear of the vehicle and can be pulled out when required. When in use, the tailgate remains accessible, while when not in use, it simply pushes back into the car, with the boot space undisturbed. The Adam is the smallest car to benefit from the FlexFix bike carrier extension, which enables you to carry up to two bikes safely and securely. You can also transport one additional bike weighing up to 20kg.

Ford S-Max

For years, the Ford S-Max has been the default choice for those who believe owning a people carrier shouldn’t mean the end of driving enjoyment. You get three rows of seats, with as much as 285 litres of boot space, even with all seven seats in place. Fold the rearmost seats and this extends to 965 litres, increasing to a massive 2,020 litres with the middle row folded. Stick a set of bikes on the roof or a tow bar-mounted carrier and enjoy the drive home almost as much as you enjoyed the ride. Almost.

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