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2014 Volkswagen XL1 Debut

At 217 mpg, the 2014 Volkswagen XL1 is the world's most fuel efficient production car.


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What's New

The Volkswagen XL1's fuel economy is guaranteed to wipe the smug smile off any Toyota Prius owner's face. With a combined consumption rating averaging around 217 mpg, the XL1 is the most fuel-efficient production car that has yet to be introduced. It is not a one-off production, but will go into assembly to be sold around the globe. It also has a plug-in hybrid system that consists of a 47 horsepower, two-cylinder TDI engine, 27 horsepower electric motor with a lithium-ion battery, and a seven-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission. The body of the XL1in 153 inches long, 65.6 inches wide, and 45.4 inches tall. Many sports cars are taller than the new XL1, like the Porsche Boxster, which stands 5.1 inches taller, making the new Volkswagen one of the smallest vehicles in production.

Who It's For

The new 2014 Volkswagen XL1 speaks to the green generation and those concerned with the environment and fuel efficiency. With a lightweight body design and a low center of gravity, the XL1 has the ability to cruise down the road at 62 mph while only using 8.3 horsepower. The two-seater can cover almost 27 miles in all-electric mode, producing zero emissions. Changed from previous concept editions, the two seats are now side by side instead of tandem, giving a more conventional feel to the XL1 cabin. The reason behind the change is that designers and engineers wanted a vehicle that was able to deliver more everyday utility than the previous prototypes, and with the changes, Volkswagen has widened its market.

Key Features

The new Volkswagen XL1 is definitely a vehicle that stands alone, with its small design and incredible range. Below are some standout features.
  • Side-by-side seating
  • Zero-emissions
  • Top speed of 99 mph
  • 0 to 62 in 12.7 seconds

What We Think

Although the XL1 may not reach the states, it's still a vehicle to watch. If it eventually does reach the U.S, it would be an instant hit. As the demand for more fuel-efficient and zero-emission cars rises, the market expands, making room for vehicles like the XL1. With the new cabin design with seats next to each other instead of tandem, the car becomes more marketable and desirable. Although the body itself isn't much to look at, it's not so important when considering the rest of great features the car offers.

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