Volkswagen XL1 Plugin Hybrid Driven The Future Or Just An Expensive Toy?

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Volkswagen XL1 Plug-in Hybrid The Future, Or Just An Expensive

Sleek. Sexy. Futuristic. These are just four that could be used to Volkswagen s limited-production two-seat XL1 coupe, the €100,000+ fuel-sipping car makes the Toyota Prius like a gas-guzzling Humvee

But getting the chance to drive one morning at Volkswagen s UK technical do we think the XL1 is the future of motoring, or an expensive toy for 250 lucky buyers

The Volkswagen XL1 is part science-fiction, reality. And 250 will be available to buy year.

On paper, the Volkswagen XL1 is short of an engineering masterpiece in and fuel efficiency. Based on s 1-litre concept car a vehicle to travel 100 kilometers on just one of diesel fuel the XL1 is designed to a low a drag coefficient as possible. to a low frontal area, narrow, resistance tyres, enclosed wheels and boat-tail rear not to replacing conventional rear-view with tiny rear-view the XL1 has a drag coefficient of just The lower the drag coefficient, the energy required to push the car the air, and so the more efficient it

  For reference, General famous EV-1 electric car had a coefficient of 0.195, while the coefficient of a Nissan LEAF is

The XL1 isn t just a car with a low drag however. It s also incredibly thanks to extensive use of carbon plastic for its monocoque chassis and panels. Like the BMW i3, which uses CRFP as a major component, the XL1 is significantly lighter it would be if it were made out of chassis-making materials like

In fact, at 795 kilograms, the XL1 weighs the same as an early Volkswagen Mk 1, despite having 227 kilograms of high-voltage batteries and electric  on board in addition to its two-cylinder engine.

Even the car s windows, from its laminated windscreen, are from polycarbonate in order to every last piece of loss out of the XL1.

Remarkably Inside

Narrower than a Polo, the XL1 might look a cramped from outside, but you ve climbed into the cockpit and the car s upward-hinging doors down, the XL1 decidedly spacious.

The XL1 is astonishingly inside.

That s part due to its staggered arrangement. Like the Smart the driver and passenger seats are offset, with the driver s placed slightly further than that of the passenger. avoids the nasty problem of elbows with your while driving, but also the driver is given a commanding of the road on both sides at without needing to lean to see past their passenger.

being located further than the passenger seat even the driver s seat spacious. Adjustable for both and rake, the driver s seat accommodated this writer s foot ten inch frame, and to push back far enough to even well-built drivers six foot with ease.

is within easy reach, the XL1 s automatic DSG 7-speed gearbox to its Garmin-branded in-car computer, getting used to a lack of rear-view mirrors and learning to down to the rear-view displays in each door takes a practice.

Functional, fun driving

so many of the trappings of modern sacrificed at the altar of efficiency power-assisted steering the XL1 is refreshingly to drive. Unlike other hybrids we ve driven, the steering was and wonderfully responsive. From a corner at speed to negotiating a parking space, feedback the road was excellent, although was a little heavy at lower Meanwhile, a low centre of gravity the XL1 glued to the road in all but the most of driving situations,

With both a 20 kilowatt motor and 47 horsepower diesel engine on board, the XL1 can operate in modes: EV, Drive, or Sport. In EV the tiny 20 kW electric motor struggle a little a slower to accelerate quickly.  Get too and the 2-cylinder engine located the driver cockpit rumbles life to add some extra to proceedings.

But when cruising at speeds, the XL1 s ultra-aerodynamic shape 20 kW of electric power is more enough to maintain a 60 mph cruise.

styling, and even a useable, if trunk.

In drive mode, the XL1 s computer blends power both the diesel engine and the motor in a series hybrid combining performance and efficiency. your foot off the accelerator, and the XL1 its drivetrain, entering into a mode capable of covering an distance without losing momentum.

With so little to start with however, with both diesel and power trains operating in the XL1 takes 12.7 seconds to 62 mph, going on to an electronically-limited top of 99 mph.

So what of  Sport mode? so little power to play Sport mode doesn t improve performance, but does regenerative braking on accelerator recovering any excess kinetic as electrical energy via the electric on long downhill stretches.

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driven correctly and by that we switching between operational as best suits the road  rather than driving slowly the XL1 returns an astonishing 313 per imperial gallon (261 per U.S. gallon, or 0.9 litres per 100 Although we were unfamiliar the car, played around operational modes a fair and tested the acceleration numerous we still managed a respectable 256 per imperial gallon (213 mpg 1.1 l/100km) over our short, 30 (48km)  test-route.  Under circumstances, a fully-charged XL1 would that same route in electric-only mode.

Beautiful, a experience, but not an everyday driver by any

The future, only compromised

we love the XL1 s direct driving futuristic looks, and low-noise mode, we feel less with its noisy 2-cylinder diesel engine and poor

Undeniably, however, the XL1 is an amazing car showcases the possible future for hybrids. And we re not talking just its either. Rear-view cameras of rear view mirrors if made legal, could reduce drag-related fuel dramatically across all forms of

For now however, they re still legal on limited-production and prototype like the XL1.

But at the end of the day, the XL1 isn t a car you ll be to rush to the shops and buy any time Yes, VW will be producing a of 250 cars, which it will with an expected price tag of or more. That s more the all-electric and far more practical emissions Tesla Model S.

The XL1 carries some strange too, or rather doesn t. The annoying is the lack of on-board capabilities. While the XL1 has a standard-looking connector for charging its on-board pack, the actual charging which weighs 20 kilos has removed and placed in a moderately box that owners can leave at

While that helps the XL1 some significant weight, it mean public charging is unless you re willing to fill the with the bulky off-board

Our inner geek loves the XL1 tip to tail. But in the cold light of expect the XL1 to remain a highly curios for plug-in fans and car collectors. As a daily driver, it s not affordable, or practical enough in its form.

We only hope VW can out how to put those same energy-saving in its mainstream cars, or figure out how to the XL1 a little bit more everyday.

Do you the XL1? Would you own one, or do you it s too compromised as a real-world car? Let us in the Comments below.

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
Volkswagen XL1 Electric Cars


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