Volkswagen XL1: Buy This Futuristic Hybrid, Turn Heads Wherever You Go

Volkswagen may be readying its offensive in electrified cars, but five years ago it was selling the much more impressive-looking XL1 hybrid.

The XL1 was a limited run of only 250 units worldwide, and was powered by a diesel-plug-in hybrid powertrain matched to a seven-speed DSG transmission.

The powertrain combined a 0.8-liter two-cylinder oil burner, making 48 PS (47 hp / 35 kW), and a 27 PS (27 hp / 20 kW) electric motor, for a total output of 75 PS (74 hp / 55 kW), and an average fuel consumption of just 0.9 lt/100 km (314 mpg UK / 261 mpg US). With the battery fully charged, the XL1 has a zero-emission range of up to 50 km (31 miles).

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As it happens, one will be up for grabs by SilverstoneAuctions in their event that takes place on January 12, at the NEC, Birmingham, UK.

With one owner since new, this Volkswagen XL1 has barely been driven, showing only 312 miles (502 km) on the clock, and is in perfect condition overall, according to the auction house.

Finished in Clearwater Blue Metallic over a black Alcantara interior with ceramic black finishes, this XL1 is expected to fetch between £85,000 and £100,000 ($107,495/€94,258-$126,465/€110,891) – or about as much as a new BMW M5 in the United Kingdom.

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  • Loquacious Borborygmus

    Volkswagen may be readying its offensive in electrified cars,
    Why, have they finished being offensive with their diesel trickery?

  • Adi

    Or you could just get a BMW i8 for less money with more power fuel economy is not much different when you consider how much more powerful it is and it’s just as futuristic looking. Yeah they only made 250 of these so it may be considered a collectible but for me it’s very insignificant forgettable car.

  • Bash

    Why don’t VW re-engineer this now and make it have a proper full EV range. They can keep the looks intact. Just that ridiculous 31miles range. And yeah, that price? Seriously?

    • Six_Tymes

      spot on idea

    • PhilMcGraw

      Funny enough the purpose of the XL1 was to show that the future of fuel efficient vehicles was diesel so they tried to prove it by producing the most fuel efficient diesel vehicle possible. And they still had to rely on electrification.

      It’ll be some time before they take the XL1 and electrify it only because it would remind people that the original intent of the vehicle was to prove you need a Diesel engine to produce the most efficient vehicle. If they then electrified it would mean VW would have to admit, once again, that they were wrong. And companies try to not admit they were wrong.

      • S3XY

        Dinosaurs trying to survive.

    • Dude

      It’s a rare concept car for collectors

  • Blade t

    Pretty crazy car, never knew it existed. .261mpg !!

  • Smith

    You will turn heads as people stare in amazement that anyone would be so stupid to pay good money for such a ridiculously ugly car. That’s the only reason to turn and look, no WOW factor, here at all.

    • Matt

      It’s designed for aerodynamics

  • Wayne Alan Carr Heyes

    Barely used but the interior is seriously marked

    Shame VW has lost its way with the whole Electric thing

    • Dude

      It was meant to be a daily driven car so that’s not too surprising. And I assume you mean the diesel scandal.


    It is pure collectors play. An “artifact” from the early attempts at hybridization.
    On the other hand…if you could get it for under 20k…and have it converted to full modern EV for say another 30-40k…that might be interesting.

  • Paul

    The thing is amazingly beautiful. I like it.

  • I really think XL1 is a clever car and “supercar” in another sense.

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