Nissan competition: The perfect catch


Snoek is something of a speciality for Jan Braai, the man who pioneered South Africa?s National Braai Day. He recently drove the Nissan Livina X-Gear along Cape Town?s magnificent Chapman?s Peak drive to Hout Bay Harbour

A few of my mates were coming over for a braai and I wanted to do something a little different and special.

I took the Livina X-Gear down to Hout Bay harbour in Cape Town for a fishing trip of sorts to get snoek from the locals. Nothing beats the fresh fish in Hout Bay and you can get great stories from the local fishermen to tell around the braai.?The best snoek is a fresh snoek, which is the good thing about buying directly from suppliers. You’re able to choose the fish you want. I chose the biggest and juiciest-looking fish – we don’t want anyone going hungry.

The bonus is that snoek is very healthy for you in that it’s full of omega 3 oils, which are good for the brain – which could be why people around the braai are so smart. Snoek is also relatively inexpensive and not on the endangered list so you can enjoy it to your heart’s content.

Hout Bay is a great place to visit with your family or even a date. You can eat fish and chips on the rocks while watching the boats pass by. Whichever way you drive into Hout Bay, you’re going to be travelling in windy conditions and on narrow windy roads – and this is where the Livina X-Gear comes to life.

The car is agile – like a fish cutting through water – and hugs the curves as tightly as you should grip the braai grid before turning it over the coals.

The 1,6-litre petrol engine provides 80 kW of power, enough to climb steep hills with all my braai equipment in the boot. The engine is also quiet and the ride is smooth meaning I can listen to braai beats on the sound system without worrying about having to drown out any car noise.

The Livina X-Gear can take you to your happy place. Some of my favourite features of the car are the massive windows. When driving on roads in the Cape such as Chap- man’s Peak Drive which takes you down to Hout Bay you get a beautiful panoramic view with plenty of light coming into the cabin. I could drive this way every day just to enjoy the scenery.

People are sure to check you out in the Livina X-Gear because of its stylish design and adventurous looks.

Today I’m enjoying the envious stares of drivers of bigger cars who are struggling to find a place to park. The Livina X-Gear fits perfectly in the tight spaces in Hout Bay as well as all the way down to the pier. I parked the Livina X-Gear on some pretty rough gravel just off the road; it’s easy to park and when I came back to the car I found a flock of seagulls staring.

The seats of the Livina X-Gear fold down so there’s no problem loading the car all the way from the boot to the backseat. When you get home just put the seats back up and you’ve got space for the entire family to go on an epic road trip.

l the way from the boot to the backseat. When you get home just put the seats back up and you’ve got space for the entire family to go on.

I don’t have kids but I’m pretty sure my braai kit takes up more space than a pram and a baby seat! I have an easygoing lifestyle and the Livina X-Gear’s interior is perfect for that mode of living. It’s comfy and has a refined look which makes me feel like I’m the captain and everything is in clear view.

I listen to tunes on the 6-CD sound system and have enough music loaded for an entire evening’s braai session. I bought my Livina X-Gear in white but it also comes in blue, silver, gold, black and red, so it suits any lifestyle. The aircon keeps me cool, calm and collected and I don’t have to worry about the snoek going off at the back when the car is kept at an even temperature.

My Livina X-Gear was just as enjoyable as the journey to Hout Bay, smooth and slick just like that guy who turns up at your braai with gel in his hair. Driving the Livina X-Gear is about as enjoyable as starting a braai while watching the sun set over the ocean.

The Livina X-Gear isn’t just about getting from point A to B; it’s about going past point C on the way there. This isn’t a car you just drive – it’s a car you go on an adventure with every single day. Like a braai, the Livina X-Gear is hot and part of the South African culture. So get some natural wood, throw the snoek on the griddle and enjoy something different. For more information on the Livina X-Gear go to      To stand a chance to win a new Nissan Livina X-Gear read this page as well as the next three weeks’ advertorials (in the issues 29 November, 6 December and 13 December) to find the answers to the questions.

This week’s question: how much power does the Nissan Livina X-Gear deliver?

SMS LIVINA1, your answer and name to 34923 or go to to view jan’s recipes and to register to stand a chance to win a Nissan Livina X-Gear.

Each SMS costs R1,50. The competition closes at 5 pm on 19 December 2012.?The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. The competition is closed to employees (and their immediate families) of Media24, the sponsor and their advertising agencies. Prizes are not transferable and will not be exchanged for cash. The sponsor is responsible for delivery of the prize.

YOU, 22 November 2012.

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