It has to be there. It would be really shocking that it came without filter.I thought so too and looked casually in that area...no serviceable access noticed. I plan on removing the trim and checking out the plenum this week. Will report back if I see something.
I did research that some VWs have been retrofitted with a pollen filter as they never came with one. With all the tree pollen in the PNW and families allergies, I feel the need to DIY something about it.
"You have to remove the glove compartment by pushing up the two rubber stops on the top right and left. The compartment will then turn all the way down and will expose the filter behind it."Did anyone figure this out yet? I tried to remove the glove compartment with no success. I have a V6 SEL Premium with 4MOTION so it has the navigation in the glove compartment and just pushing the rubber stops does not do anything. I also removed all of the screws that are visible and I get some movement but it does not rotate or slide out. I will keep trying to see if I missed something but I'm a little cautious just tugging in that area without knowing if there are addition hidden fasteners or clips keeping it secured. I also looked in the engine area on the passenger side and saw nothing even under the trim/cowl.
Think about what you said. The filter is outboard of the evaporator, so it would have no effect on the odors from the AC system. It only is effective for the odors in the air outside your vehicle.........noticed that when my engine shuts down during start/stop that the air con doesnt have a wet dog smell anymore.....