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First Drive: the Volkswagen XL1


One statistic sums up why the VW XL1 hyper-economy car feels so special. It just 8bhp to push it at a steady 60mph.

I got way beyond on 75mph motorway plus suburban running. And that was I shut down the engine and started draining the battery by switching to pure-electric mode. The light weight, low drag and rolling resistance combine to life as easy as possible for the so it ekes out every bit of energy.

It looks like, and is made a dinky supercar. From the there’s a low nose and a narrow that you drop into via doors. The mid-mounted engine has an boost motor. It’s almost entirely of carbon and you can read more about its technology here .

Snuggling into the lightweight but comfy fibre seat, you have to over your shoulder to to your passenger, because are staggered behind you. a way to get two people to nestle widthways a cabin that’s hardly than a sidecar. That the frontal area down and combined with a Cd of 0.19, gives extraordinarily low overall

It’s a lightweight and simple but it manages to feel pricey and even though there’s of the usual fancy VW gadgetry. The display is a simple Garmin-type that bundles together the sat entertainment and hybrid readouts. The novelty is the mirrors — aren’t any. Instead you lipstick cameras, for drag They feed colour in the doors.

Their picture is but it’s not binocular, so you have to your distance perception is

The XL1 moves away by electric And — briefly — it you as cheap and unrefined. The electric whines, and percussive road resonates through the carbon

Sound insulation is heavy, so the XL1 does without. But under you seem to leave the noise you and things settle into a buzz.

Is it quick? No. In electric (selectable by a button unless the is flat) you’ve only got Even in combined diesel and mode, it’s a not-especially-dizzy total.

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But it weighs less 800kg, so that power is for 0-62 in 12.7 sec, the same as a base-model supermini. it’ll probably cost times more.

But the driving is than the supermini. It’s and doesn’t roll. There’s no steering so you have a terrific of the road.

The ride’s pretty good relatively pliant over shocks, and well damped.

The engine doesn’t make a lot of but there’s a distinctive two-pot when it’s running. a Harley cruising past a long distance away. But the actually runs for surprisingly of the time — whenever off the accelerator, it’s declutched and silent, while either or the electric motor carry you It restarts with nothing in the way of or clunks.

The integration is seamless. And if, running, it can easily develop power than you need to along, it sends some back to the battery.

Because you make good on such little throttle, the game starts to become a diverting occupation. You try to keep the off for as long as possible, and make you brake using the minimum travel. That way you don’t use the discs at all, but return all energy to the battery as regeneration.

the XL1 is a bit like being astride a pushbike. You’re always of its amazing efficiency and the wonderful of its engineering. Most of all, combine to give you a palpable and satisfying sense of getting at the very minimum of effort.

Volkswagen XL1 Electric Cars
Volkswagen XL1 Electric Cars
Volkswagen XL1 Electric Cars
Volkswagen XL1 Electric Cars
Volkswagen XL1 Electric Cars
Volkswagen XL1 Electric Cars
Volkswagen XL1 Electric Cars

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