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5 ladies and their luggage - which car?

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My group is small this year, just five of us. Am debating what class car to request. With 4 I know we would be comfortable in something like a Laguna. But five? I don't think we could put the five of us in a regular car (even if it says it seats 5) and have room for our luggage. I've asked everyone to take no more than 2 pieces, carry-on size or smaller, but even so...

My first thought was that we'd need a Renault Espace or similar, folding down the two back seats to make space for the suitcases. But I've never driven anyhting bigger than my Ford Taurus. How easy or difficult would it be to handle and park the Espace or similar 7-seater in small villages in Provence? And will the three passengers in the middle row be comfortable? Are there other configurations possible? Is there anything slightly smaller that might work as well?

I've considered renting two smaller cars but that would be more expensive especially since we will have to do two separate rentals, one for 6 days Avignon - Avignon and another for 8 days, Tours (Saint-Pierre-des-Corps) to Caen. We're taking the train from Avignon to Tours. So we are already going to have to pay the extra fees twice; I'd hate to have to do that 4 times!

I'd be happy to hear from anyone who has rented a car for 5 or more or has experience driving the Espace or something similar. All comments/ideas welcome. Thanks!

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