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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 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 reference, General Motors’ EV-1 electric car had a drag of 0.195, while the drag of a Nissan LEAF is 0.28.

The XL1 isn’t just a car with a low coefficient however. It’s incredibly light, thanks to use of carbon fibre-reinforced plastic for its chassis and body panels. the BMW i3, which also uses as a major structural component, the XL1 is lighter than it would be if it made out of traditional chassis-making like steel. In fact, at 795 the XL1 weighs about the same as an Volkswagen Golf Mk 1, despite 227 kilograms worth of high-voltage and electric motor  on board in to its two-cylinder diesel engine.

the car’s windows, except its laminated windscreen, are made polycarbonate in order to squeeze last piece of weight out of the XL1.

Remarkably Spacious


Narrower than a Volkswagen the XL1 might look a little from outside, but once climbed into the cockpit and the car’s upward-hinging doors the XL1 feels decidedly spacious.

The XL1 is spacious inside.

That’s due to its staggered seating arrangement. the Smart ForTwo, the driver and seats are slightly offset, the driver’s seat placed further forward than of the passenger. This avoids the problem of bumping elbows your companion while but also means the driver is a commanding view of the road on sides at junctions without to lean forward to see past passenger.

Despite being located forward than the passenger however, even the driver’s feels spacious. Adjustable for reach and rake, the driver’s easily accommodated this five foot ten inch and seemed to push back far to accommodate even well-built over six foot with

Everything is within easy from the XL1′s automatic DSG gearbox to its touch-screen Garmin-branded computer, although getting to a lack of physical rear-view — and learning to look down to the displays located in each — takes a little practice.

fun driving

With so many of the of modern cars sacrificed at the of efficiency — like power-assisted — the XL1 is refreshingly mechanical to drive. other plug-in hybrids driven, the steering was direct and responsive. From taking a at speed to negotiating a tight space, feedback from the was excellent, although steering was a heavy at lower speeds. a low centre of gravity kept the XL1 to the road in all but the most extreme of 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 means 20 kW of electric power is than enough to maintain a 60 mph

Beautiful styling, and even a if small, trunk.

In drive the XL1′s on-board computer power from both the engine and the electric motor in a hybrid configuration, combining and efficiency. Lift your off the accelerator, and the XL1 disengages its drivetrain, into a coasting mode of covering an astonishing distance losing much momentum.

so little power to start however, even with diesel and electric power operating in tandem, the XL1 takes seconds to reach 62 mph, on to an electronically-limited top speed of 99 mph.

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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.

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 experience, futuristic looks, and all-electric mode, we feel enamoured with its noisy range-extending diesel engine and acceleration.

Undeniably, however, the XL1 is an amazing car showcases the possible future for hybrids. And we’re not talking its shape, either. Rear-view instead of rear view could, if made legal, help reduce drag-related consumption dramatically across all of car. For now however, they’re only legal on limited-production and cars like the XL1.

But at the end of the the XL1 isn’t a car you’ll be able to to the shops and buy any time soon. VW will be producing a limited-run of 250 which it will sell an expected price tag of €100,000 or That’s more than the and far more practical zero Tesla Model S.

The XL1 also some strange compromises or rather doesn’t. The most is the lack of on-board charging While the XL1 has a standard-looking Mennenkes for charging its on-board battery the actual charging unit — weighs 20 kilos — has been and placed in a moderately large box owners can leave at home. that helps the XL1 shed significant weight, it does public charging is impossible 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, just not affordable, or practical in its current form.

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

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

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