The new Honda Civic Type R is a 320bhp monster hatch that devoured the Nurburgring, a motorsports racetrack in Germany, in record time, making it officially the world's most phenomenal front- wheel-drive car. No surprise it is on the cover of Torque's August issue, then.
The month's collection of comparative reviews starts with a face-off between two hybrid crossovers: the Honda Vezel and Kia Niro.
Next is the ongoing rivalry between BMW and Mercedes-Benz as the new 530i goes head to head with the established E300.
In the world of multi-purpose vehicles, Renault's Grand Scenic 1.5, Citroen Grand C4 Picasso 1.6 and Volkswagen Touran compete to see which is the best family carrier.
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And Torque's resident transport columnist asks if road traffic flow should be measured like rail and bus service quality.
Torque, out at newsstands now.