2014 Volkswagen XL1 Plug-in Hybrid

The 2014 Volkswagen XL1 is a plug-in hybrid vehicle that went on sale in June 2014. It is one of the most fuel efficient cars on the market. Wanna learn more details? Keep reading this review.

front view

2014 Volkswagen XL1 Design

The 2014 Volkswagen XL1 is a sports coupe with two doors that features quite an unusual exterior design. Its body is made of carbon-fiber and strong polymer materials. As you can see in the photo, the rear wheels are covered by the car’s body. All this is done for several reasons – to lower the cars weight, to prevent drag, and to increase aerodynamics, thus increasing the car’s performance. The coupe has the flat headlights that are aligned with the grille, and there are also additional LED lights below them. It also comes with air intakes that are controlled electrically. You will notice that there are no side mirrors on the doors. That’s because they are replaced with two small cameras. The automaker call those cameras the e-Mirrors, and they transmit the picture to the display inside. The doors are also not traditional, they open upwards. The back of the car is kind ugly to me. There is one big taillight stretching across the tailgate, which looks cool, but the rest of the back end is just ugly.

rear view

Interior Styling

Inside, this diesel-electric hybrid looks normal, unlike the exterior. The seats are positioned side by side, with a passenger seat slightly moved back. There is only room for a driver and one passenger. Both of them will be able to comfortably enjoy the ride. The dashboard looks nothing special, it is quite simple. There are just a few controls, and a small display that can be used for satellite navigation. Maps are provided by Garmin. Of course, you can also use it to see some of the information and to listen to a radio. There is also a 4.23 cubic-foot of trunk space for your luggage and tools. That’s about 120 liters of space.


Hybrid Engine and Fuel Economy

The 2014 Volkswagen XL1 is powered by a plug-in hybrid system that includes a gasoline engine and an electric motor. The 2.6-liter 2-cylinder turbodiesel engine can produce 48 horsepower, while the 20 kW electric motor provides additional 27 horses. The total power of 69 horsepower and 103 lb-ft of torque is transferred to the rear axle via a 7-speed dual-clutch auto transmission. Electricity is produced by a 5.5 kWh Li-ion battery pack, allowing the car to travel up to 31 miles (about 50 kilometers) on electric power only. The performance of the car is not so great, its top speed is 100 mph (160 km/h), and it can reach the speed of 62 mph (100 km/h) in 12.7 seconds. However, it is one of the most fuel efficient vehicles on the market. It consumes only 0.9 liters per 100 kilometers. Its fuel economy rating is 313 mpg in the Europe and 261 mpg in the United States. And the XL1 produces emissions of just 21 g/km of CO2 gases.

drivetrain, engine

2014 VW XL1 Plug-in Hybrid Price

The 2014 Volkswagen XL1 Plug-in Hybrid is already available for sale. Its starting price in the United Kingdom is £98,515, that’s more than $168,000 when you convert it in the U.S. rates. Its starting price in Europe starts at €111,000.


doors open

2014 Volkswagen XL1 above view

model painted in red

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