VW XL1 is one uniquely complicated vehicle to repair

July 20, 2015

As rare is meeting an owner of a VW XL1 is, so is finding a service centre where one can get it repaired.

The VW XL1’s production is limited to just 250 units and sold in Europe to customers via a sophisticated selection process. According to a new report from Autovisie, 6 units have been supplied in Netherlands and one of them has been damaged.

Repairing the XL1 is very different from repairing a Beetle or a Golf, because of its carbon fibre monocoque chassis. Even professional-grade workshops have little experience in repairing the damage of such vehicles. An expert has been called in from Germany to assess the damage and he/she will decide what can be done next.

The VW XL1’s plug-in hybrid powertrain consists of a 800 cc TDI twin-cylinder turbo-diesel engine that produces 47 hp and 120 Nm of torque, and an electric motor that generates 20 kW (27 hp). The plug-in hybrid powertrain produces 51 kW (74 hp) and 140 Nm of torque, and comes mated to a 7-speed DSG transmission.

The electric motor is powered by a 5.5 kWh lithium-ion battery pack and provides a range of 50 km. The 10-litre diesel tank and the battery pack together provide a range of 500 km. The fuel economy is rated at a staggering 111.11 km/l, and the CO2 emissions figure is pegged at 21 g/km.

Volkswagen XL1 – specifications

VW XL1 specifications

[Source: Autovisie]

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