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The XL1 Was Volkswagen's Vision Of The Future


Only 200 were made and this one needs a home.

Back in 2015, the Volkswagen XL1 was a pretty big deal. Not only was it futuristic-looking, but it also boasted some very impressive technology. Its diesel-plug-in hybrid powertrain, paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, enabled 313 mpg. Did you say diesel? Indeed, this is a pre-Dieselgate concept.

Today, VW has abandoned this diesel-plug-in hybrid tech for an all-electric powertrain. That first EV, the I.D. hatchback, is due to be unveiled sometime later this year. But four years ago, the XL1 could have been the future. Although its diesel engine produced only 48 hp, its electric motor contributed an additional 27 ponies.

That’s still not a lot, we know, but the XL1 managed a 0-60 mph time of 12.7 seconds and a 100 mph top speed. It can even go up to 31 miles on electric power only. Of course, those figures are nowhere near sports car levels, but the XL1’s 2,000 pounds of bulk showcased how lightweight materials could be used in future production cars. Speaking of which, only 250 examples of the XL1 were made worldwide and VW offered them only to select buyers. But now one of those owners has decided to part with their car.

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Up for sale from Silverstone Auctions is this low-mileage 2015 XL1. It’s only had one owner since new and has hardly been driven anywhere. Just 312 miles are on its clock and the auction house claims it’s in perfect condition. The exterior is Clearwater Blue Metallic while the inside is covered in black Alcantara with ceramic black finishes. Although the auction house is located in the UK, this particular XL1 is a left-hand drive example.

With an estimated sale price ranging from £85,000 to £100,000 (around $107,500 to $126,500), this 2015 Volkswagen XL1 would be the ideal daily commuter. More than likely, however, it’ll be snapped up by a collector who’ll have little to no intention of actually driving it.