Mahindra XUV 500: Blue Planet

How often do you cross paths with ostriches as you cruise down a silky smooth road that runs along the deep blue South Atlantic Ocean? Well, if you’re in South Africa, specifically around Cape Town, then practically every day.

We’re driving the XUV here because it’s been seven years since Mahindra set up base in South Africa. And of those seven years, the XUV has been on South African roads for a little over a year.

In SA, they don’t manufacture the XUV, they merely assemble it, at their plant in Pretoria. And the cars are badged and specced exactly as they are in India. While last year, we crossed swords with our competition on a Thar Mahindra Adventure drive in India, with the XUV 500, new boundaries had to be crossed.