2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI: Cupholders
November 07, 2011
Yeah, I know, thrilling stuff. Cupholders are something you might not think much about unless they're really bad. But believe it or not, I do have a cupholder story: It was several years ago and I had taken a Mini Cooper S out for a quick lunch and was hightailing it back to the office with a chocolate shake in the cupholder. I took a left-hand turn pretty hard, forgetting all about my shake, until it went flying across the car and spilled all over the floormat and carpet. The most upsetting thing wasn't that I had to spend so much time cleaning up the mess, but rather that I didn't get to drink my shake.
Even today all cupholders are not created equal. It's amazing how many are incapable of properly holding drinks in place, whether it's because the cupholders are too large, a lack of anti-tip tabs or because of a slippery base surface. Or all of the above.
But the Jetta's two center console cupholders are done right. Four anti-tip tabs per cupholder, a large enough size to fit most drinks and a grippy rubber surface at the bottom. The only downside is that those plastic anti-tip tabs can make quite a scratching noise when removing flimsier water bottles from the cupholders.
I have yet to encounter any drink becoming dislodged during hard cornering in the Jetta TDI. Although I must admit I haven't done the chocolate shake test yet...
Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 13,670 miles.