TQ Auto Bond: 2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport HSE LUX

Discovery-Sport-HSE-LUXThe 2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport HSE LUX has jam. The Discovery Sport is to be the first of a new line of premium Land Rover vehicles built for versatility rather than ultra-luxury and style.  The $46,950 base price includes destination fees and a whole mess of standard features, including a panoramic glass roof, a power tailgate, dual-zone climate control, power front seats with memory function, satellite radio, Xenon headlamps, rain sensing wipers and a rear-view camera. Under hood sits the brand’s turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4, good for a healthy 240 hp and 250 lb-ft of torque.

Inside, the 2016 Discovery Sport offers the clean, uncluttered dash now characteristic of a Land Rover. The large glass roof adds natural light. Seating and trim are customizable, and seat leather comes in various colors and unique textures. Overall, there are three trim levels.

Refreshing and light, playful aroma and effervescence. Its appearance is striking from its transparent look (from the clarified juice) alone.

The Palomino Club is/was one of the most legendary institutional nightclubs Winnipeg has ever seen. It was everything that a nightclub shouldn’t be, dirty, raunchy, smelly and dingy. Stories say that it was old even when it had first opened up and yet, it was perpetually rammed, and THE place to be. This weird macromesh of disgusting things, a lot of them unintentional, led to this place having an identity like no other. Paying homage to that in a craft cocktail is kind of a weird thing to do, especially at a venue as upscale as Brassaii. Brassaii is everything that The Pal (as it’s known) isn’t. Luckily, the cocktail is also kind of a play on words, as the classic Paloma cocktail is a personal favourite of Orlando’s. It’s truly a perfect cocktail, grapefruit, soda and tequila. Delightful, legendary, just perfect. Orlando needed to make an upscale and refined cocktail that is fun, playful, dirty, raunchy, balls-to-the-wall liquor forward, but as simple as a Paloma. That’s how you get the cocktail we see here. Tart citrus, almost tannic bitterness from the Aperol, with the bright kick of the jalapeno.

Land Rover also equipped our particular Disco Sport with the Climate Comfort Package ($1,600 for heated front and rear seats, steering wheel, and windshield), Driver Assist Plus Package ($800 for autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition), 19-inch Black Design Package ($900 for 19-inch alloy wheels, Gloss Black exterior trim, mirrors and badging), Adaptive Xenon headlamps ($300), Automatic High-Beam Assist ($250), and the Protection Package ($418 for rubber floor mats, cargo mat, windshield sunshade). All told, our Discovery chimes in at $51,318.

Overall, I really enjoyed driving this SUV. The Discovery Sport made me want to take it to the cottage for a weekend, and while I didn’t get the chance to do so, there are few cars that spark that spirit of adventure like a Land Rover that’s a bit rough around the edges.


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