Mahindra XUV 500: Blue Planet

Day 4: Cape of Good Hope

And of course, we couldn’t come all this way and not see the animals. So on our final journey of the trip, we took a detour to to go see African penguins, which are smaller than their Arctic cousins but still as endearing – and for some reason were mistaken for footwear on a rock (see picture) by quite a few of the geniuses at TG who saw that particular picture.

Last thing to get ticked off the list was the tip of the second largest continent in the world – the Cape of Good Hope. This is said to be where the Indian and the Atlantic Oceans meet, and where Vasco da Gama reportedly stopped on his way to India.

The XUV has done well in the South African market, with buyers receiving it as enthusiastically as they have in India. It has taken the fancy of the locals with its road presence and its features list, making the point that it is a global car from an Indian manufacturer.

Most of us loved the XUV 500 when we first dove it in India. And I like it even more here, given the kind of roads and visuals South Africa has to offer. A very good reason then not to board the flight back home, especially knowing that there’s a TopGear South African edition too...

(Words: Agasti Kaulgi)