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2014 Volkswagen XL1 [w/video]

World's Most Efficient Car Impresses, Not Without Compromises Among our many duties at the recent Geneva Motor Show, we were offered a pretty exclusive drive in the new Volkswagen XL1 hyper-efficient plug-in diesel hybrid. There is so much that is interesting about a car like this reaching production from a major automaker that it's tough to know where to begin. First off, you should know that – at least for this generation – there is absolutely no chance in Albuquerque that this "1-liter vehicle" (i.e. a vehicle that can burn just one liter of fuel to travel 100... Read More

Vital Stats

Engine:
800cc Turbo-Diesel I2 + e-motor
Power:
68 HP / 103 LB-FT
Transmission:
7-Speed DSG
Base Price:
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