So we already suffered the indignity of the Renault Vel Satis. I tried to get either an Audi or Mercedes for the Monaco leg of the trip, but Europcar wasn’t having it. They said that most Americans like the bigger cars, and this was the biggest they had. This exchange happened in Marseille, and I didn’t have the language skills to debate with them.
On the Barcelona to Bordeuax leg, I wasn’t going to have it again. First they tried to strap us with the Renault Espace. One look at it and I told them to it was too big (it seats 9, I think). Then they tried to move us down to a Ford X-Mas. Basically the same car, only made by Ford and about 2 cm shorter. Maybe the Ford only seats 8. They actually had to bring this one from the main lot away from the airport and we had to wait 30 minutes for it.
When we balked at this one they finally gave us an Audi A4 (for the same price). They should know that I’m not your normal everyday fool! 😀