The Volkswagen XL1 is a remarkable engineering achievement but the car has been overshadowed by eco-friendly alternatives that cost significantly less than €110,000 ($149,666 / £89,353).

The Volkswagen XL1 is a remarkable engineering achievement but the car has been overshadowed by eco-friendly alternatives that cost significantly less than €110,000 ($149,666 / £89,353).

While this is unfortunate, given the years of development that went into the model, the company has just delivered the first XL1 to a customer in Germany. Volkswagen didn't have much to say about the delivery but they confirmed the car had an onyx white exterior and a titan black / pearl gray interior.

As a refresher, the XL1 has a plug-in hybrid powertrain that consists of a 48 PS (35 kW) TDI engine, a 27 PS (20 kW) electric motor and a 5.5 kWh lithium-ion battery. This, combined with extremely lightweight carbon fiber reinforced plastic construction, enables the model to average 0.9 L/100km (261.3 mpg US / 313.8 mpg UK) and travel up to 50 km (31 miles) on electricity alone.

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