Thanks for contributing guys, good info.
Yes the Ford Transit Connect
seems like a practical vehicle for carrying bikes inside. May be a hard sell to the spouse who wants some style, but low purchase price does make sense.
This guy just got one
, and says "5ft tall on the inside. The perfect cyclist's buggy".
Apparently not good for towing
: "From the owners manual: WARNING: Never tow a trailer with this vehicle. Your vehicle is not equipped to tow. No towing packages are available through an authorized dealer". So one should not expect to have a good hitch receiver for a bike rack behind the vehicle (if for some reason he does not want to put them inside).
This summer I drove a Renault Kangoo
for a month in France, which is probably similar as utilitary vehicles go. It was practical. Don't think it is available in the USA (where I live).
Dimensions from CarGoDogs: Ford Transit Connect 2009
Depth from back door to front seats (2nd/3rd row folded) = maximum depth range (D1): 64.5 - 72"
Height from cargo floor to ceiling at entry of vehicle (H3): 50.5"
Height from cargo floor to ceiling behind 2nd row seats (H2): 52"