For me, living in Northwest and driving mostly year round in temps ranging from 39F to +90F, marginal VW heat Is all I needed. Heated seats would be a nice addition..... it I don’t have them.
VS ran the heat from the boxes to the standard front footwell / windshield locations using dedicated tubbing. ( running parallel to the frame). It delivers warm ( not hot) heat where it’s needed, keeps the windshield and gauges fog free early mornings and in winter when the top is on. The tonneau cover is a must for top down driving in colder weather.
if in doubt, add it. Better to have it and not need it, than needing it and not having it,
they call this a madness for a reason. They only right answer is the answer that works best for you ;-).
Welcome to the madness!!!
also,... personally I like the brake lever on the tunnel, vs underdash. It’s more functional for the geography I navigate, I have pulled it on emergency basis once or twice to help me brake fast when needed ( before my disk brake upgrade). works wonders on steep hills as well when parallel parking or when stuck in traffic/ at a light.