The Volkswagen XL1 is a two passenger, plug-in hybrid. €111,000 is a lot of money for any car, but for a plug-in hybrid… a Volkswagen plug-in hybrid? Rather than think of the Volkswagen XL1 as a ridiculously expensive hybrid, think of the Volkswagen XL1 as one of the most technologically advanced vehicles built that can acheive up to 230 mpg (about 313 miles per Imperial gallon) that happens to be a Volkswagen.
We originally reported that the XL1 could get up to 261 mpg. That was based on a Volkswagen press release several months back. It seems that, for production, the 230 mpg mark is the one Volkswagen is standing by. That’s not too shabby.
Check out our earlier Volkswagen XL1 post (here).
I think the main issue for the Volkswagen XL1 is the nearly as impressive, four-passenger BMW i3. At $41,350, the BMW i3 is a retaliative bargain and it is available with a tiny gas generator as a range extender. At about 1/3 the Volkswagen XL1’s price, it seems like a smart bet.
Until prices come down a bit, why not enjoy this video of the (affordable-for-most) Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid?