Here is something that I wish our cars would come with from the factory; the sliding cover cup holders from Europe. Thanks to America’s love of eating in our cars, American versions of the Golf receive slightly deeper cup holders. They do hold bigger drinks more securely but are just plain ugly compared to the European version. The Euro version holds regular sized drinks just fine and adds a bit of secure storage since you can slide the cover closed.
Admittedly, I’ve been putting this mod off for a long time because I was afraid to tackle it. According to the excellent installation DIY here, there are a billion screws here. The actual amount is closer to twenty but trust me, there are a lot of screws. It took me about 1 1/2 hours in total, working at a leisurely pace. There is nothing particularly difficult, just a lot of little steps. Work carefully, as there are many places where you can lose a screw. I lost one to the abyss of the center console.
All in all, a very fun DIY and cup holder looks great. The time it takes to replace just adds to the fun factor of having it. The only problem is that you have to make sure you know which pieces you are getting. Current versions are shipping with only 1 of the rubber mats and you have to purchase the bottle opener separately. The mat and the opener are optional but they leave everything looking unfinished. The bottle opener is a weird piece because it goes for 40-50 dollars from US sellers. This is NOT worth the money. Look around on the web for better deals. The rubber pad is pretty cheap so just pick that up. It looks ugly without it.
Here are a few part numbers:
1K0 862 531 A UBN – Anthracite / black Euro cup holder
1K0863301B71N – 2nd rubber pad insert
1K0858230A – Plastic bottle opener / divider (these can be found in the eBay UK pretty easily and for a decent price)
A very worthwhile interior mod. A lot of fun to put in and useful too.
The necessary DIY is here: DIY Euro Cup Holder Installation