Smooth, suave Mini: Get July's issue of Torque magazine

It has been a while since Torque had a proper hot hatch on its cover. The new Mini John Cooper Works qualifies in more ways than one.

With 231bhp and 320Nm of torque, it is the most powerful model Mini has made. Yet, it is utterly controllable and eminently driveable. In other words, it is smooth and suave.

July's edition of Torque, published by SPH Magazines, has more comparison reviews than usual.

Shopping for an SUV from Seoul? Don't buy before reading the group test pitting the Kia Sorento against the Hyundai Santa Fe and Ssangyong Rexton.

Looking for something a little more exclusive? Check out the twin test featuring the Bentley Flying Spur V8 and Audi A8L.

Torn between an old Ford Mondeo and a brand-new one? Torque finds out the key differences between the two.

And find out exactly how tough The New Paper's SUVival Challenge is.

Torque, on newsstands now.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 27, 2015, with the headline 'Smooth, suave Mini'. Print Edition | Subscribe