I'll confess first. The car we own is a Fiat Punto.
To the US folk, that translates into a sub-sub-compact I think?
We're taking the bikes on leave with us. I have a rear rack that fits to the back, but the bikes stick out to one side more than I'd like to think is safe - for the bikes that is. I measured the inside of the car. With the rear passenger seats down, if I take the wheels off both bikes, we'll get the bikes inside the car quite comfortably.
Only thing I'm a bit concerned about is what might happen to the rear mech? Are there any precautions you think I need to take to protect them?