How practical is a Stepwagon?

Bikes

I love mountain biking, so a big part of choosing a Stepwagon was to have a car that I could easily carry bikes in.

While not as big as the likes of commercial vans like the VW Transporter, it is easy to get most bikes in the back without removing wheels. Folding one of the middle row seats gives enough space to wheel a bike in – I then use a bungee cord around the frame up to the loop used for securing the seats to hold it in place.

This shows a Cannondale Trigger and Whyte T-130 (both full suspension, 27.5″ wheel bikes) easily fitting inside, with plenty of room for extra kit.

A shorter bike (such as my hybrid) can easily fit straight-on with just a middle seat folded.

If wheels are removed, the space behind the second row is ample for several bikes, allowing the whole family (or a few friends) to travel together with their bikes.

Pushchairs

As you might expect, even large pushchairs can be swallowed easily. This is a Phil & Ted’s double pushchair which can be a bit awkward to fold neatly. We can just roll it straight in behind the middle row, with plenty of space for it to fit.

When carrying passengers

The rows of seats can slide back and forth, allowing you to choose between legroom and luggage space.

This was how we had it arranged for a holiday – 2 year old’s ISOFIX seat on middle row on the right, 4 year old’s belted seat in the rear row. Adults in the left-side seats with enough legroom, allowing the middle seat to be folded for access to the rear. This left a really good sized luggage space for our things.

Long items

As the seats fold there is plenty of space underneath them to tuck things away. You can see a travel cot underneath the right side seat in these photos, but can also see a clear path all the way to the front row for a long pole or piece of timber.