Volkswagen XL1 Details:

  • $145000 VW XL1 rated at 261 mpg on European Cycle
  • Combined system output of 68hp
  • Can cover up to 31 miles as EV
  • Two-cylinder turbo and TDI engine mated to electric motor

With the ever-increasing price of fuel, plenty of automakers are targeting the economy-minded consumer interested in saving a few bucks at the pump. Audi introduced its e-tron at the LA Auto Show, and just recently New Yorkers got a glimpse of the futuristic Volkswagen XL1 plug-in hybrid.

The XL1 is not the car for the power-hungry driver – its combined system output is only 68hp, but what it lacks in power it makes up in fuel efficiency. The XL1 features a European combined fuel consumption rating of 261 mpg and CO2 emissions of 21 g/km. Thanks to its plug-in hybrid system, this two-seater can also cover up to 31 miles as an electric vehicle. Additionally, it only needs 8.3hp to travel at a constant 62mph.

This diesel-electric plug-in hybrid uses a 48hp two-cylinder turbocharged and TDI engine mated to a 27hp electric motor with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, and lithium battery to achieve its incredible fuel efficiency. It has a top speed that is electronically limited to 99mph and can accelerate from 0-62mph in 12.7sec.

Stylistically speaking, the XL1 looks futuristic. It features butterfly doors and a sleek carbon fiber reinforced body, which makes the production car very lightweight at 1753 pounds.

Only 250 XL1s will be produced at the Volkswagen’s Osnabrück factory in Germany, and they don’t come cheap, priced at approximately $145000. The XL1 is probably one of the more expensive cars in the company’s well-rounded profile.

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