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
Even when you're not on a motorway, the XL-1 still delivers. And this is the tricky bit - because it's probably quite a lot more fun to drive than performance cars whose horsepower overshadows their finesse. Driving it across the moors, it really does feel proper. The tyres are so skinny (115/80 R15 on the front and 145/55 R16s on the rear) that there's not a huge amount of grip, and the power is so lean that you have to plan, think and try to carry speed through a corner. The surprise is that you can: the XL-1 chats amiably through the steering and doesn't heave around like a big car. Fun. Strangely old-school, purist sports car.