VW XL-1: we drive the future
Tom Ford drives the 313mpg hypercar right across Britain. For about 20 pence of diesel
Posted: 03 Feb 2014
The reasoning isn't all that bizarre. Of all the themes to have arisen in the past decade, the search for greater efficiency is one of the most powerful. Getting the most from the least, the most effective bang for your buck, no matter in which direction you point the needle, speed or miles-per-gallon. We ended up in Whitby after filling the XL-1 at VW HQ in Milton Keynes and driving it north, for no other reason than to see if this lab-looking vehicle can operate in the real world, only refilling after a healthy few hours and a brisk traverse across the North York Moors. We covered motorways, dual carriageways and B-roads, all in a manner I would consider as completely normal. Fun, even. Several hundred miles. The real delight? The XL-1 only has a 10-litre fuel tank. We were averaging just under 170mpg. It's a remarkable thing.