The test drive of the model you want is absolutely essential. How will you know if the car can fit into your daily driving life unless you thoroughly test it first? During your test drive, you should try to use all of the car’s controls and features, not just to see their efficacy, but also to see how easy they are to operate.
Drive the car on residential streets and on high-speed roads if you can, to give you an idea of how it handles and feels in different situations. Perform some simple maneuvers, too, like a parallel park, or three-point turn. Ensure that driver visibility is optimal, and that the car is comfortable and enjoyable to drive.