2014 Volkswagen XL1 Preview Fuel Economy Specs and Availability — Volkswagen XL1

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2014 Volkswagen XL1 Preview: Economy, Specs, and Availability

261 No, that isn’t a misprint: landmark new diesel-electric hybrid VW XL1 , having just debuted in production trim, absolutely every other hybrid car to in the all-important mpg race. VW takes efficiency to new heights through a of light weight, a tiny engine, and an electric motor an EV-only cruising mode.

The XL1 is the fruit of a long, grueling process to create the world’s production 1-liter car, or a that can travel 100 km (about 62 on a single liter (0.26 of fuel. VW combines a highly 800 cc (0.8-liter) TDI turbodiesel engine in a parallel hybrid system a 20-kW electric motor. The 5.5 lithium ion battery pack plug-in power, and provides for an range of around 32 miles at of up to 62 mph.

The streamlined two-seater tips the at under 2,000 pounds to heavy use of expensive carbon plastic (CFRP) and other materials. The XL1’s 0.189 of drag is also a new production car beating the previous record set by the Motors EV1. Testers at found the XL1 peppy enough for traffic, though a bit disconcerting the wheel due to its near-total lack of and tiny footprint. While vaunted 261 mpg (using Euro-cycle methods) figure has been to be legitimate under ideal even in regular city/highway use the VW is to return right around 150 mpg. Take that,


As for U.S. availability, don’t your breath. The XL1 will be offered in just two markets, and Austria, with series limited to 250 units. While it extremely unlikely that VW bring its world-beating hybrid with enough buyer there’s always a chance. The more conventional VW Up! Hybrid. will use a similar diesel-electric to the XL1 in a larger, more mainstream hatchback bodystyle, is expected for the market.

2014 Volkswagen XL1 By The Numbers

Engine: 800 cc direct-injection 2-cylinder TDI

Electric Motor: 20-kW motor

Peak Power 68 horsepower; 103 lb-ft. torque

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Pack: 5.5 kW-H lithium-ion

7-speed DSG auto-manual transmission; RWD

Efficiency: Up to 261 mpg

Fuel Tank: diesel

Electric Range: 32 miles

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