Emma Nyra dazzles with new classy BMW
Nigerian artiste, Emma Chukwugoziam Obi, aka Emma Nyra, is one of Nigeria’s female artistes to reckon with, and her fashion style and appealing looks also stand her out from her peers.
Once signed to Triple MG record label, the sexy songstress sometime last year acquired a brand new 2015 BMW X3, a luxurious sport utility vehicle that costs about N8m.
Even though it costs more than some of its rivals, the 2015 BMW X3 is a standout and an excellent choice for a luxury crossover SUV. It is an ideal match for shoppers seeking both sporty driving dynamics and luxurious family-friendly utility vehicle.
Complementing this crossover’s fun-to-drive disposition and performance is a cabin that blends opulence, stylish design, outstanding materials quality, comfort and utility. Its front seats are very supportive, whether you’re whipping through canyons or logging highway miles on a long road trip. And, as medium-sized as it looks, the X3 is ready for family duty, thanks to its spacious rear seat and roomy cargo area.
Overall, the X3 shines as a very well-rounded model in the segment even if it’s on the pricey side.
The 2015 BMW X3 crossovers is available in four trim levels that correspond to powertrain: sDrive28i, xDrive28i, xDrive28d and xDrive35i.
The 2015 BMW X3 28i models are powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 240 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard on all BMW X3s, along with an automatic stop-start system. The latter saves fuel by shutting off the engine when stopped and then starting it when you take your foot off the brake.
In BMW vehicles, sDrive means rear-wheel drive, while xDrive means all-wheel drive. Despite its relatively small engine, acceleration is very quick and impressive, and its engines are among the most fuel-efficient models in the crossover segment based on United States Environmental Protection Agency’s estimates.
In Edmunds performance testing, the X3 xDrive28i went from zero to 60 miles per hour in 6.8 seconds, and EPA-estimated fuel economy stands at 21 miles per gallon in the city, 28mpg on the highway and 24 miles per gallon combined for both the sDrive28i and xDrive28i. The xDrive28d is powered by diesel engine and even though it is slow for the segment, it is typical for a diesel engine, with fuel economy estimated at 27mpg/city, 34mpg/highway and 30mpg/combined.
The xDrive35i gets a 3.0-litre turbocharged inline-6 that produces 300 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque. In Edmunds performance testing, the 35i hit 60 mph in 5.8 seconds, while fuel economy is rated at 19mpg/city, 26mpg/highway and21mpg/combined.
The sDrive28i model comes standard with 18-inch wheels, automatic headlights, LED foglamps, automatic wipers, cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, eight-way power front seats with driver memory functions, and a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel. It also has Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, the iDrive electronics interface with touchpad controller, and a 12-speaker sound system with a CD player, HD radio, an iPod/USB audio interface and an auxiliary audio jack.
Besides its more powerful inline-6, the xDrive35i adds adaptive bi-xenon headlights, LED running lights and a panoramic sunroof, all of which are options on the other trims.
The Premium package includes the panoramic sunroof, keyless ignition and entry, hands-free tailgate functionality and satellite radio. The Cold Weather package adds a retractable headlight-washer system, while the Technology package gets you a head-up display, a navigation system with a larger main iDrive display with higher resolution, smartphone app integration and the BMW Remote Services emergency communications system and the Dynamic Handling package adds enhanced speed-adjustable power steering.
The Driver Assistance package adds front and rear parking sensors and a rearview camera, and available as an option are rear- and top-view parking cameras, a blind-spot detection system, a collision mitigation system and a lane-departure warning system. Adaptive cruise control is also available with this package for additional cost.
The M Sport package features 19-inch wheels, roof rails, special exterior trim, unique door sills and footrest and a sport steering wheel. Available as a stand-alone option is a 16-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system.
Every 2015 BMW X3 comes standard with antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, automatic brake drying (useful in rainy weather), front seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, and active front seat head restraints, while all-wheel models come with standard hill descent control. Also standard is the BMW Assist emergency communications system, which provides automatic crash notification and on-demand roadside assistance.
The optional BMW Remote Services system upgrades BMW Assist with stolen-vehicle recovery and remote door unlocking.
In government crash testing, the 2015 BMW X3 received five out of five stars in overall crash protection, while it also passed the crash test by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
The good: Efficient engine choices available, high-quality cabin, generous passenger and cargo room, refined performance and good fuel economy.
The bad: Reviewers complained that it is more expensive than most of its rivals.