VW XL1: first drive
Wondering what the future of motoring looks like? Just take a gander at the 313mpg VW XL1
Posted: 08 Apr 2011
In the back, there's what amounts to half a 1.6-litre VW TDI turbodiesel engine, but made entirely of aluminium. This 800cc parallel twin clatters out a diminutive 47bhp, augmented by a plug-in hybrid system consisting of a thin 27bhp electric motor/starter that sits between the engine and the seven-speed twin-clutch transmission. Drive is to the rear wheels, and the range, with a full battery and a brimmed 2.2-gallon fuel tank, is about 340 miles. Top speed is limited to 99mph, with 0-62mph acceleration in 11.9secs, EU combined economy of 313mpg and CO2 emissions of 24g/km.