I can not believe how hard it is for people to actually post some "real world" use cases!
Please someone make a video with two people in the second row (of different ages/heights; maybe a parent and a 14 to 17 year old or something) and people in the 3rd row (hell, even two kids 5 to 12 or something would be ok).
If this gets to be less leg room than a Model 3's rear seats that second row is going to feel cramped pretty fast for anyone 5' 10" or more.
I also would be curious how easy it will be for kids to get in/out of the rear. They'll bounce right in and probably explode out with how much energy they have and flexible, BUT, those rails look fairly tall and look like a HUGE tripping risk.
Again, I don't think anyone expected these seats to be amazing, but for $3,000 extra this still doesn't seem like a really good use unless you're a family with really young kids and then I feel like it's a huge pinch and trip hazard. No extra cost option and sure, but $3k more on an already expensive car and I'm just scratching my head with why they think this will be worth adding the complexity to the manufacturing lines.
Musk just has a thing about 3rd row seats. He put them in the S way back at the beginning. And he made sure the Plaid running around the 'Ring was a 3-row, just for bragging rights.
Still, this fits the use case for many who buy a 3-row SUV, especially the smaller ones. Used just for creating space between kids, or short trips without luggage. We have a Highlander, which is not small (similar footprint to the S), but really we can't fit more than 5 people in it with luggage. But it's great for carpooling from soccer or a birthday party.