My 2000 Golf TDI had an electric heater of some sort. I don't recall it sending heat out of the dash vents......could be wrong. That was a great car. Keep it for 20 years. Bought new car because wanted all the safety feature in the Subaru, and after 20 years...it was time.That's what I liked about the 2011 Golf TDI I had. It had an in dash electric heater of about 1500 watts. Start a stone cold engine turn the fan to the number 2 speed and the temperature selector to full heat and instant heat from the vents. Pretty nice one morning when I started that little diesel @ -40*F. That morning I did give it 2 minutes to warm up before driving off very slowly. Felt like I had square wheels. I'm an advocate of start and go in the winter.