I’ve driven the new BMW 750i for about a week or so, but for some reason, I have failed to see this feature. The Edmunds guys were more agile and discovered this option buried within the iDrive menu options.
So what is the “Gentlemen Function”? It’s that switch to the left on the door. The standard definition states that the front passenger seat can be adjusted with the controls of the driver’s seat once you press a switch located on the driver’s door.
While our buddies at Jalopnik call the naming convention a bit “chauvinistic”, we decided to look past that. Sure, a better translation could have been chosen, but that’s beside the point now.
So how is this feature useful? Let me start with this question: how many times you, as a driver, had to lean over to adjust the front seat position so passengers can get into the car easier either through the front passenger door or rear? Many times? Well, here is where this feature come in handy and allows the driver to adjust the seat by using his own controls.
Looking beyond any naming convention or real-life usefulness, we find it interesting that the engineers look at all the potential obstacles when it comes to usability and accessibility.[Source: Edmunds | Jalopnik ]