Volkswagen has announced the pricing of its XL1 diesel plug-in hybrid for the UK, according to Car magazine. The small, uber-efficient two-seater will start at £98,515, or roughly $168,930 at current exchange rates. Additionally, only 30 units of the XL1 will be sold throughout the UK, giving it a rareness appropriate for its lofty price.

It's nice to finally be able to stop speculating about the XL1's price. Even as recently as the first XL1 delivery in Germany, we were still mostly in the dark concerning the cost of the slippery VW.

But is the price worth it, especially considering that the much sportier BMW i8 can be had for just a bit more (£99,895, or $171,460, in the UK)? Car seems to think so, noting that the XL1 is an eco and technology pioneer, and saying that its cost of ownership is "merely the price of progress." Plus, that includes the bragging rights of owning the world's most fuel-efficient car.

The XL1's two-cylinder turbo-diesel engine displaces just eight-tenths of a liter and produces 47 horsepower. The internal combustion engine operates alongside a 26-horsepower electric motor powered by a 5.5-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Despite its 2.64-gallon fuel tank, the XL1 has a maximum driving range of over 700 miles thanks to a 261-mpg rating (based on the European cycle). Unfortunately, we won't be able to do any bladder-busting, nonstop Chicago to DC road trips any time soon, as VW has no plans to bring the XL1 to North America - not that one would relish the experience of dicing it up with America's massive trucks and SUVs. If you want to drive one, you'll have to go to Europe, and you'd better have a very large piggy bank you're prepared to break open.


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      2 wheeled menace
      • 5 Months Ago
      That's fine. Don't price it right or sell many. Nobody likes efficient cars. GJ VW
        DarylMc
        • 5 Months Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        From what I hear you don't seem to get a lot of the low fuel consumption VW's in the USA. In the 6 months I've had the VW UP the long term fuel consumption on the computer is 4.5L/100km or 52MPG US mostly light suburban traffic. That's not Volt territory and I think the Prius would best it, but for what is one of the cheapest cars on the market here in Australia I think it is OK. I think you might be surprisingly correct that nobody likes efficient cars. Especially small ones without a lot of oomph because poor sales has resulted in VW Australia ceasing to import the vehicle.
        2 wheeled menace
        • 5 Months Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        Basically our local car companies sell whatever they are mandated to sell. Because gasoline is subsidized by various means and the market naturally selects larger, more powerful vehicles as a result. Very few of us appreciate efficiency over size and power, unfortunately. But i think your sky-high fuel taxes do a great job of changing preference and attitudes. Not that i am for additional taxes here, but without subsidies.. gasoline would naturally cost more.. and half the country would not be driving ~2000kg vehicles designed to haul 5-7 to work every day.
      Grendal
      • 5 Months Ago
      Will there be 30 buyers? VW could have bought Aptera and saved themselves a lot of money. They could sell it for a lot less too. Or they could buy Edison2 and the design for the VLC. I realize those cars are odd looking but, then again, so is this car.
        PeterScott
        • 19 Hours Ago
        @Grendal
        Basically I only see these selling to collectors who want something rare. I doubt any will be bought for driving.
      John Hansen
      • 5 Months Ago
      This isn't a production car. They're just selling a handful of prototypes.
      Rotation
      • 5 Months Ago
      The European rating system doesn't separate charge depleting mode from charge sustaining mode. So you only get 261mpg on the first gallon starting with a full battery. You'll get significantly less on the other 1.64 gallons of fuel. So you won't be able to make 700 miles on a tank.
        DarylMc
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Rotation
        Hi Rotation VW claims greater than 500km range or about half what is mentioned in the article. Whatever the criticisms, it does create an interesting showcase of low energy consumption in a 2 seat vehicle. Because of the good aerodynamics even more so at high speeds.
      brotherkenny4
      • 5 Months Ago
      Nice oddity for a collector. Slight alterations and mass production would make it viable, but then like most car companies, WV looks for the most profitable. They have no reason to think that they have any responsibility to anyone else on the planet. The people who make up corporations are typically advanced based on their ability to be without care for any moral issue, and there are plenty of people who can do that. The best at this function are actually very good at making it seem like they do have morals, say for example like the media corporations. They are totally without moral convictions yet they spout the rhetoric of morals like it is their core characteristic.
      danfred311
      • 5 Months Ago
      The pricing of that car is the most stupid thing since Toyota committed to fuel cell car launch in 2015. Some real corporate super tools came up with that one. google "facepam statue" gotta wonder how it's possible to have that much feces for brains.
        EVnerdGene
        • 19 Hours Ago
        @danfred311
        $169K ? Why not ? I think they'll sell out quickly. $269k ? Why not ? I think they'd sell them just fine. $369k ? Why not. . . . . .
      thecommentator2013
      • 5 Months Ago
      This car is nothing really spectacular. Really not. Let's be realistic. A narrow bodyshell leaving away alot of things, a small motor and batteries with a little engine. Nothing spectacular here. Really not. To some point, in fact, they could've done better. Also, it's a collector's item. Nothing more. Nothing less. You might want to add it to your current car collection. Is it good? I guess so. Is it brilliant? No, not really.
        DarylMc
        • 19 Hours Ago
        @thecommentator2013
        I disagree It uses less fuel than most motorcycles and a good deal less electricity than any other electric vehicle. If you are after the cutting edge of efficiency this is your Bugatti.
      elctrNmbliT
      • 5 Months Ago
      "Plus, that includes the bragging rights of owning the world's most fuel-efficient car." There should be quite a few caveats for that statement. First you would have to add "production car". Here's one of many non production cars that are infinitely more fuel efficient: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-gGcnfFZ3HE0/T46OEtHq65I/AAAAAAAAABk/M-LAup-3ovc/s1600/3.jpg Sure they're not as practical as the XL1 but that is all relative when you are boasting that you have the most fuel efficient car. I might claim the same lack of practicality for the XL1 since it is a weird offset inline two seater with no cargo space. It's not that Volkswagen has pulled some engineering magic out of a hat that no other automaker could replicate. It's that no other automaker wants to replicate it because it is a marketing showpiece never intended for mass production. They made an ultralight, small two-seater with limited power output. Sure they are using a plugin hybrid drive-train but again they aren't doing anything magical with it other than pairing it with a very small, light, aerodynamic shell. Sacrifice the second seat, make it smaller with a smaller motor and guess what, you would have a car with even better fuel efficiency. Then make it even smaller with an impractical reclined seat for better aero, make the electric motor even smaller and put solar panels on it and you have even better fuel efficiency. Does it make it a car that most people or even a small percentage of people want to drive? Not necessarily. Now if they were to produce a car with a ballpark spec of size and performance to the average compact or midsize car and could produce those mpg numbers of the XL1 then they would change the world and they would earn all the bragging rights they want. Until then it's getting tiring seeing them parade the XL1 around like it's something revolutionary. Also some other real world stats.. "but VW engineers say an equivalent combined EPA city/highway number would be about 20 percent lower -- say, 209 mpg." From a VW site that conflicts with others sites that say it has a range of 700 miles: "The XL1 holds 10 litres of fuel and a battery capacity of 5.5 kWh enabling 500 km of total range." So that translates to 310 miles of range. This is the link: http://www.volkswagen-me.com/en-vwme/volkswagen/news.suffix.html/advanced-efficient-driving-fun-the-volkswagen-XL1-visits-the-middle-east/newsItem=563716871.html I'm so confused. So 10 litres = 2.64 gallons. Let's ignore the extra 30 miles of ev range to the favor of mpg. 500km = 310 miles. 310 miles/2.64 gallons = 119 mpg. Is that site just wrong or is that site just giving more realistic real world expectations?
      goodoldgorr
      • 5 Months Ago
      Since I read autobloggreen I started to buy lottery ticket because all the green cars are pricey. It start with the leaf and volt at more then 30 000$ and it end up with this one at more then 168 000$. Every time I talk about my neon someone bash it because it's cheap. Now they price the fuelcell Toyota around 70 000$, way too much for me. All they will do with these pricey cars is that they lose money selling them instead of making a profit.
        DarylMc
        • 19 Hours Ago
        @goodoldgorr
        Hi goodoldgorr Some of these new vehicles are pricey. Just say you won the lottery, which one would you buy? My family drummed into me an anti gambling philosophy so well I've never even bought a lottery ticket:) Without a doubt, money to burn I would be talking to Tesla.
          goodoldgorr
          • 19 Hours Ago
          @DarylMc
          I will choose the volt with a house not the tesla as I occasionnely drive very long distance.
        DarylMc
        • 19 Hours Ago
        @goodoldgorr
        Hi goodoldgorr Some of these new vehicles are pricey. Just say you won the lottery, which one would you buy? My family drummed into me an anti gambling philosophy so well I've never even bought a lottery ticket:) Without a doubt, money to burn I would be talking to Tesla.
        DarylMc
        • 19 Hours Ago
        @goodoldgorr
        Hi goodoldgorr Some of these new vehicles are pricey. Just say you won the lottery, which one would you buy? My family drummed into me an anti gambling philosophy so well I've never even bought a lottery ticket:) Without a doubt, money to burn I would be talking to Tesla.
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