Volkswagen's 300 MPG car
The ultimate efficient cruiser
Today, Volkswagen's scars are healing after Dieselgate, customers who were hurt by the emissions cheating scandal are still healing. Volkswagen are always going to be known for Dieselgate. That is a fact. Now I like Volkswagen, from sensible cars like the Golf, to some pretty incredible cars like the Phaeton, but none of these can compare to the Volkswagen XL1, which was a tour de force in engineering.
So, you may be thinking "What is the XL1?" that is a very good question, it was a car that could shock the Prius lovers who had a pretty penny lying around. It was an incredible car which could reach 0.9l/100km, or in UK terms anyway, nearly 315 MPG!
This was quite a strange car, it was a 800cc 2-cylinder diesel hybrid, which was a 2 seater. It also had a 27bhp electric motor and batteries. And it had some of the coolest doors fitted to a small car. It weight 3/4ths of a ton. It didn't even need a grille, it had almost fins that opened when the engine got too hot.
Now you may be wondering "Why don't I see these everywhere?" that is a good question, but it was expensive for what you got. You see, the XL1 cost a whopping £100,000 and you had to put well over £15,000 down to even get your hands on one. This meant it was made for the few, not the many.
In 2016, the XL1 came to an end, only 200 were ever sold, making it an incredibly rare and cool car. It was quite a boring and unpractical car and if you had that sort of money you'd buy a Porsche or powerful Merc. Something that didn't have a Volkswagen badge on the boot lid. Although it was efficient and had low C02 emissions, Dieselgate had a dodgy effect.
Also, the XL1's economy was too good to be true, the figures were maybe slightly smudged as to achieve the near 315 mpg or 0.9l/100km you'd have to charge the car every 50 odd miles, which really isn't very realistic, although if you drove around 50 miles a day, you could happily hit the figures.