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Volkswagen XL1 The Most Fuel Car Around

November 06, 2013

Ben from the Irish Times wrote an article on the the most efficient car around, the new Volkswagen Here is what he had to say.

does the world’s most production car have in common the world’s fastest and most Much more than you think. The Volkswagen XL1 and the Bugatti are both the brainchildren of VW’s villain-like Chairman, Dr Ferdinand

In both cases, he simply set his some almost impossible and told them to get on with it. In the of the Veyron, he wanted a 1,000-horsepower car €1m and capable of 400km/h. In the case of the he demanded a production car that drive 100km on less a litre of fuel.In both – and doubtless at the expense of a lot of sleepless and broken marriages – the engineers it. Both cars come at a financial cost, too, to Volkswagen and to buyers of the cars. One report estimates that that sky-high price, VW €4.6m on every Veyron it

And although the XL1 will be sold for an eye-watering €110,000, the hugely lightweight construction that that amazing fuel-efficiency possible means that VW also make a loss on XL1 it sells. So just 200 will be at VW’s Osnabrück plant in

But don’t think that the XL1 is an expensive eco-irrelevance. There is to Dr Piech’s madness. What his learned developing both the and the XL1 should one day influence cars we have a hope of affording. In the of the XL1, the plug-in two-cylinder diesel-electric powertrain, which can around 50km on electric alone and more than on its tiny 10-litre fuel is interesting (the fuel figure incudes electric-only

But it’s the body it’s to that makes the headlines – and the cost.

Real hypercar

Just like the Veyron, the XL1 is made of carbon fibre, some real hypercar like the magnesium wheels and brake discs. It’s the world’s most aerodynamic car, with cameras of bulky wing mirrors. But in respects, you get less than in a VW with ultra-narrow, low rolling-resistance no power steering, manual winders (remember them?) and a wiper blade, all aimed at weight and increasing efficiency.

But does the XL1 feel more or supermini to drive? It certainly has kerb appeal; its footprint is the same as a Polo’s but it’s than a Veyron, with slippery styling and dramatic doors. These admit you to a spacious cabin, the passenger (there are only two) set behind the driver’s to maximise space as the car tapers to the rear.

The XL1 moves off on electric power at the lack of engine noise your attention to the scraping of the brakes and the road noise into the cabin on rough there’s minimal sound-deadening, to save weight. When the mounted just behind right ear, does cut in, it so with a lawnmower clatter. with both electric and engines running, the XL1 can summon 68bhp and takes a leisurely seconds to reach 100km/h, that dolphin-like shape it has to be electronically limited to 160km/h and run on to around 200km/h if derestricted.

Hoot to drive

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But the XL1 is still a to drive. Firstly, just to drive something this rare and with this of technology is a thrill, and explains why VW the run of 200 to be oversubscribed, even at that Second, despite the low driving the thin pillars make the XL1 easy, and the unassisted steering and yet grippy tyres make for an drive.

It feels quicker than figures suggest, the instant of the electric motor giving the XL1 enough mid-range acceleration to gaps in traffic and even fun.

But there’s more fun to be had in one eye on the various system and efficiency and trying to extract your best-ever fuel consumption from the XL1: something you have to do in the Veyron too, if to nurse the thirsty beast to the fuel station.


Plug-in hybrid: 800cc, 48PS; Diesel: electric motor


rear-wheel drive; Carbon-fibre and panels; 2 seats; 795kg

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