Test Drive VW XL1 shows how to get 200 mpg — Volkswagen XL1

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VW uses current materials, to produce, noisy, slow, XL1.

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XL1 is a ultra-high-mgp, plug-in, diesel-electric VW used exotic, but obtainable and technologies to craft a high-mileage It couldn’t meet U.S. rules and needed changes in rules to be on the road there

A car without a new model to promote is a sad Sales fall. Morale Dealers grumble.

Volkswagen’s in limbo. Nothing new until quarter next year, the seventh-generation Golf subcompacts rolling in here from new operation in Mexico.

When VW is in a spot, though, it rotates and unobtainable overseas models the U.S. test fleet. keep the easily distracted attention off the aging model and lackluster sales.

More it provides a look at VW expertise unseen here. And it tests reactions to various models.

the small Up last year, a World Car of the Year win. the Scirocco sport coupe and Tiguan SUV this year. For the Up is a keen little car that do OK in the U.S. Scirocco is terrific to And the diesel seems like the right engine for the Tiguan.

The latest teaser: XL1. a spaceship-like, ultra-high-mpg, plug-in hybrid. VW used exotic, but materials and technologies to craft a car able to get 261 mpg in European tests, very roughly, to perhaps 200 mpg in tests.

Barely a real model, it’s made in a but largely by hand. It couldn’t U.S. safety rules and changes in German rules to be on the there.

But it shows how fuel-thrifty a car can be and perform OK.


Just 50 have sold in Germany, another 200 are The price is 111,000 euro, or $151,000 at recent rates.

and aerodynamic slipperiness are keys to fuel consumption. So there is to no sound insulation, cutting Manual steering instead of steering cuts weight as as energy use. A layered-wood isn’t as heavy as other The vestigial fuel tank 2.6 gallons of diesel. Side are plexiglass and crank by hand. The XL1 is 45.4 inches high and in at just 1,753 pounds.

It’s derived from two VW high-mpg efforts, called L1. Big from those: XL1’s two sit nearly side-by-side instead of in the previous models. That the XL1 a bit wider, bad for aerodynamics, but the seats are with the passenger back and the driver’s seat a little to the car narrow.

With the help of co-conspirators we were able to away the XL1 on tour and enjoy an of suburban bee-bop.

Draws of attention. All want to know the thing: What is that?

Not one probably want for your commute, unless reducing use was nearly your sole

The small size and ground-hugging means getting in and out is awkward, though the scissors doors up for a big opening. Lack of sound means you can hear the tires every bump and the diesel to every throttle movement.

the diesel clattered enough to occupants to raise their we almost grew to like it. A reminder that the minuscule won’t let you down.

Won’t you, though. About seconds to hit 60 mph, VW says. anything more than nine seconds is judged But you sit so close to the ground that it to be whipping past under throttle. Sluggishness isn’t the impression, no matter what the says.

One reason for that is the dry-clutch automatic transmission. like the one in the Jetta hybrid, the XL1 isn’t made entirely of components. Works great, up through the gears, or down, little interruption.

The diesel and powerplants are well integrated. If you hear the diesel, it’d be to notice when the car switches drive modes.

Of course, no car slated for mass would be as noisy, but VW is trying to what’s possible, not necessarily

The sleek roof provides no window. Equally sleek aren’t interrupted by mirrors. view is via two cameras in tiny about where mirrors be. Inside, each door has a screen in which to see what’s and behind.

It would take us to get used to the camera system it would to get comfortable with the

A car without mirrors — you can begin to see the of regulatory hurdles the XL1 would to jump to become mainstream. one air bag, in the steering wheel. non-starter almost everywhere.

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not a big problem going without steering. Not only is the car light, it on tires closer to rubber than traction devices. tires are 155 mm wide and rears are 145 mm, so not a lot of contact to overcome. Even small cars have to 200-mm tires.

The steering feel is a bit heavy barely moving, but has a refreshing once underway.

XL1 is valuable for illustrating the trade-offs between use and practicality. It’s heartening to see a car with a more-or-less conventional can use so little fuel, while marginally street-worthy transportation.

less cheery to think of how it might take to come up affordable materials even than used in XL1 so the car could the accessories and other weightier that today’s buyers

ABOUT THE VOLKSWAGEN XL1

What? diesel-electric plug-in hybrid. a two-seat, rear-drive, ultra-mpg demonstrating the potential of current and technologies.

When? On sale in now. Not available in the U.S.

How 111,000 euro, roughly at recent rates.

How many? 50 year, another 200 coming.

makes it go? 830 cc (0.83 liter), diesel rated 48 horsepower, 89 of torque and electric motor 27 hp, 103 lbs.-ft. Maximum combined 68 hp, 103 lbs.-ft.

Mated to seven-speed dual-shift, automatic gearbox (similar to the one in VW hybrid).

How big? Shorter a Honda Fit, head-high to a at 45.4 inches and no heavier five NFL linemen, at 1,753

How thirsty? Rated 261 mpg on the European cycle. That would out, very roughly, to 200 mpg (0.5 gallons per 100 miles) on the test.

Overall: A peek at can be.

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