• A fantastic example of the rare streamlined plug-in diesel-electric hybrid, presented in the rare hue of Sunset Red and in excellent condition throughout.
  • It is powered by a 50bhp 829cc twin-cylinder turbodiesel engine and a 27bhp electric motor, which drive the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual clutch transmission.
  • One of only 250 examples built.
  • First registered in July 2015, this XL1 has had only one keeper from new, and is now offered for sale via the trade.


  • Created to be the most fuel-efficient diesel vehicle possible, the XL1 weighs only 795kg and has a drag coefficient of just 0.189, allowing it to return up to a claimed 313mpg.
  • An engineering showcase, it features carbon-ceramic brakes, cameras and monitors in place of traditional mirrors, and a slew of carbon-fibre components, including its body panels, lightweight bucket seats and much of the interior trim.
  • This example is finished in Sunset Red, while the interior is trimmed in black Alcantara.
  • It rides on the correct set of 15-inch, eight-spoke alloy wheels, which are in great shape.
  • This XL1 will be accompanied by its original stamped service book, as well its original car cover, front hubcaps and charger.


  • In 2017, the car had a minor rear impact, which was then perfectly repaired to as-new condition at Volkswagen’s Wolfsburg factory.
  • Overall, the paintwork is in excellent condition today, with a few minor marks and stone chips, in line with the car’s age and mileage.
  • Inside, the cabin is very smart, with few signs of wear, save for some minor surface marks on the exposed carbon-fibre sills.
  • There are no known electrical or mechanical issues, and there are no warning lights showing on the dashboard.
  • The car’s last APK roadworthiness inspection was conducted on 24 July 2020, resulting in a first-time pass with no warnings or advisories. The seller will also have the car retested before it is handed over to its next owner.


  • This XL1’s most recent routine maintenance was carried out in July 2020, with prior regular services also in 2019 and 2018.
  • In August 2017 at 16,012km, it was serviced by Volkswagen Wolfsburg, which included replacement of the car’s carbon-fibre rear panels as described above, as well as a full inspection of the vehicle and replacement of its air filter.
  • Prior to this, a minor service was performed in January 2017 at 16,012km by Pon’s Automobielhandel B.V, who changed the engine oil, oil filter and air filters.


Combining futuristic streamlined styling, incredible fuel efficiency and notable rarity, this 2015 Volkswagen XL1 is a collectable modern hybrid vehicle. As a demonstration of efficient powertrains and lightweight construction, the XL1 remains deeply impressive today, and while this example could be an intriguing commuter car or weekend driver, it will no doubt appeal to collectors of high-tech products and engineering enthusiasts.

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Car Overview

  • 19.504 km
  • automatic
  • LHD
  • Sunset Red
  • Black
  • 829 cc

Lot Overview

  • Lot #04527
  • trade Sale
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands


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