Definition of test drive in English:

test drive

noun

  • 1An act of driving a motor vehicle that one is considering buying, in order to determine its quality.

    • ‘There's also a revised hood on the way with improved sealing round the door glass, and while this wasn't ready in time for this test drive it should be ready for the first customers' cars going out.’
    • ‘In September 2003, he participated in a two-day test drive of the BMW Z4.’
    • ‘Once you settle on the car you would like to buy by taking a test drive, the dealership will run your credit to determine what level of credit worthiness you fall under.’
    • ‘By the time we got to the end of the test drive that day, the furl warning lights were on in nearly every car and you knew you had driven long, hard and fast.’
    • ‘And, people queued up to test drive the Ford Endeavour and other luxury cars.’
    • ‘Buying at auction might save you a few quid in the short term but unless you know what you're looking at you are probably better off scouring the classifieds and taking any car you're considering for a test drive before you part with cash.’
    • ‘Out on our test drive, in a 1.6 litre model (likely to be the bestseller), I was struck by its hushed refinement and strikingly good quality.’
    • ‘Quite undetectable on smooth, high quality roads, the ride was noticeably harsher on a test drive from Dublin to Mayo on secondary, country roads, so make your choice.’
    • ‘Get a good test drive over varied road conditions and be sure to get the car's maintenance record.’
    • ‘Even if the exact model isn't available for a test drive, then drive something similar.’
    • ‘Our test drive confirms Prius is remarkably smooth on highway and surface streets.’
    • ‘Shoppers want to see the car and test drive it before they make a final commitment.’
    • ‘Take your car for a test drive around the block and make sure everything is okay.’
    • ‘In a test drive on simulated ice, the system did not allow the driver to veer off-course and spin the car.’
    • ‘With little ado, and no sales patter, I was allowed to take the Chevy for a test drive.’
    • ‘He found the working spaces in and around the new engine no tighter than most, and after a test drive of his own declared it the ‘best GM yet.’’
    • ‘Two of them agreed to go for a test drive with Mr Jackson driving and his friend in the back seat.’
    • ‘Volvo's full range is available to test drive at this event, offering a car to suit all business needs and motoring lifestyles.’
    • ‘When we took it on a test drive, the pickup acted like it was starving for fuel if you tried to push it very hard.’
    • ‘I was sold after the test drive and decided to buy instead of lease because I will be keeping this beauty.’
    1. 1.1 A test of a product prior to purchase or release.

verb

  • 1[with object] Drive (a motor vehicle) to determine its qualities with a view to buying it.

    • ‘As for Dale, I told him I liked the car, but I had to test-drive some other ones first.’
    • ‘The sisters prepared for their ordeal by test-driving a similar vehicle at the Mazda showroom in Sticker Lane, Bradford.’
    • ‘Her advice if you're not convinced: Rent or test-drive a GPS-equipped car before taking the plunge.’
    • ‘Says co-author Philip Reed, ‘The only reasons most people need to go to a car dealership are to test-drive the car and sign the contract.’’
    • ‘He might have saved himself some heartache if he had test-driven his current car, a BMW 645 convertible.’
    • ‘Eight-year-old Fionn Fitzgibbon from Dublin was delighted to be first to test-drive the racing car while other children stared wide-eyed waiting their turn.’
    • ‘Weeks were also spent test-driving cars, including an undertaker's hearse, to ensure the best choice was made.’
    • ‘He also says that gone are the days when the customers browsed brochures, test-drove the only one vehicle available, booked the cars and waited for a minimum of a fortnight or more for delivery.’
    • ‘The DriversFest was a daylong party at Jones Beach State Park on Long Island, complete with live music, vintage vws, food, and the chance to test-drive the newest cars.’
    • ‘You test-drive a car before you buy it, don't you?’
    • ‘So why has Fullerton recently been test-driving cars made by Japanese and other German auto makers?’
    • ‘The routine was the same as it always is - a friendly salesman came up, asked a few seemingly innocent questions, and the next thing I knew, I was test-driving a car we liked.’
    • ‘I didn't know how much the car cost, and after I test-drove it, I didn't care.’
    • ‘The car was test-driven from Lusaka to Kafue and back with a client.’
    • ‘I'm interested in the smaller sport utility vehicles, and recently test-drove a Hyundai Santa Fe.’
    • ‘Insist on test-driving the car for at least 10/15 miles.’
    • ‘Ninety percent of the twins' spare time was spent under the car, and ten percent test-driving it rally-style on the country roads.’
    • ‘He arrived at 11.30 am and spent the next two hours discussing cars and test-driving a Ferrari, before settling on the Aston Martin.’
    • ‘John, 55, a Leeds United fan, was entered in the draw when he test-drove a Transit Connect, at Burgess Ford, in Keighley.’
    • ‘Over the weekend, a few more calls came in and a couple more people test-drove the car.’
    1. 1.1 Test (a product) prior to purchase or release:
      ‘test-drive the latest software’

Pronunciation

test drive