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For those who already have their Civics - Quick question.
Does tha manual state that the Diesel variant has a 'Pre-heater' for the aircon. It is a fact that on a very cold morning, a diesel can take a long while for the heating system to get warm air through to the cabin, unlike some of the modern petrols. The diesel is so efficient that there is a lot less waste of engine energy that can be turned into cooling heat.
On the Golf MK5 - If it is a cold morning, certainly well below the temperature that the Air-con will work, say -3 degrees. You can still put the car in Auto/climate mode, this turns a heater on which heats up the coolant fluid independantly of the engine temeprature - The result is warm air into the cabin within a couple of minutes.
May not seem like a big deal, but if you have gone from a petrol to diesel and have not experienced a cold morning start yet, then I reckon you may notoice it.