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
It's an extremely odd car to drive, too. First, there's the blatant theatre of the faired-in rear wheels, wing doors and chopped-off Kamm tail. It looks special. The XL-1 is actually the same length and width as a supermini, but the super-low stance makes it look tiny. The interior is narrow but simple: the two seats are in a slightly offset arrangement, with the driver forward of the passenger and the lithium-ion battery module in front of the passenger's feet. The seats are carbon-fibre one-piece affairs with only the driver's one adjustable for tilt and slide - multiple adjustment adding weight - and the gearbox is the usual VW auto stick without paddles or other controls. The Garmin satnav system is almost identical to the one you find in a VW Up. The heater and fan controls the same as in the Transporter, the dialset from a Golf. So there's not actually very much to get used to, apart from the little rear-view-camera screens in the doors instead of traditional rear-view mirrors.