My wifes 159 SW is Stromboli Grey with tints and when are son is sat in the back we struggle to see him from outside, so I'm surprised some are saying they dont give much privacy. We have only had the car since Nov so with the crap weather Ive not taken any photos yet. If I get chance I'll try and take some and post them
I don't have tinted, but I have some sun shades which were custom made to fit the window openings. They are a nice compromise - they look like tints from the outside, but in winter months where the sun isn't so strong, you can simply pull them out. They are made of black mesh cloth, so no harder to see through than tints.
Also, you can lower the windows and get some air in, without losing the shading effect.
Yes and no. Personally I find that if I have a sore throat or a cold, the very dry air from the aircon makes my nose even more uncomfortable! Though otherwise, yes. The aircon is much better at speed, too.