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
What's surprising is how fast the XL1 will run on just its battery power. VW says it needs about half the energy to maintain 62mph as a 1.6-litre TDI Golf, itself a very frugal car.
Fun? Yes. Frugal? Certainly. By the end of a day's test driving, the fuel gauge had barely moved. But this 21st-century streamliner will have a highly limited audience. VW can't build more than 6,000 bodies a year, and XL1's technology is rarefied and expensive. Expect a price in excess of £30k, but we'll see a lot of the innovations creeping into other cars soon. This year's Up! Space microcar will use the XL1's twin-cylinder diesel hybrid powertrain to cut its CO2 emissions to the low 70s, LED lamps are already on their way and the carbon construction will be seen on this year's Lamborghini Aventador supercar.