There is access to behind the centre console without removing anything from anywhere.
There is a small gap behind the console which can be accessed from the passenger footwell.
I have a right hand drive version, but I assume it's the same lhd cars, just the other way round.
It's difficult to describe, but the gap is just above the piece of side carpet that runs along the centre tunnel.
It allows you to reach upto the back of the radio and even change the bulbs for the 3 instruments at the top of the console - all without removing the console.
If it's still unclear, I'll post a picture.