Besides the Kodiaq sport utility vehicle, Skoda is also offering the Superb and Octavia sedans, and the Rapid Spaceback hatch
Meet the rest of the family SUPERB 2.0TSI LAURIN & KLEMENT. PHOTO: SKODA CENTRE SINGAPORE

Here are brief impressions of the other three cars after about three hours of 'speed dating'.

SUPERB 2.0TSI LAURIN & KLEMENT

The Superb sedan is Skoda's flagship model. Launched internationally in 2001, the current model is the third generation, which entered production in 2015. It is also due for a facelift soon, likely next year.

In Singapore, the Superb is associated with taxis. In 2006, taxi company Premier bought 300 first-generation turbodiesel Superbs for its premium fleet.

The Superb is related to the Volkswagen Passat, but it gives more bang for the buck. I drove the 1.8-litre 177bhp/320Nm petrol version and found that it lacked shove when overtaking on expressways.

Thankfully, the 2-litre version arriving here is punchier with 217bhp and 350Nm.

Volkswagen Singapore says that the Skoda range here complements rather than competes with Volkswagen for sales.

But I cannot imagine the Superb not snatching some of the Passat customers away, given that the $168,900 car is right smack within the $148,400 to $181,400 price range of the various Passat models.

RAPID SPACEBACK 1.0TSI AMBITION

The Rapid Spaceback is an older model, having been around since 2012. Its main selling point is a low-entry price. At $94,400, it is the cheapest Skoda, slotted even below the least expensive 1-litre VW Golf ($111,400).

But cheap does not mean bare bones. It has some amenities like dual-zone air-conditioning, daytime-running lights, rear parking camera and a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system.

The only bone I pick is that it only has only two airbags.

The 1.4-litre 123bhp/200Nm version is punchy and fun to drive. But that version is not coming to Singapore.

Whether this car does well in sales depends on how its rival - the new Volkswagen Polo - is equipped and priced when it is launched in the fourth quarter of this year. If the new Polo is not much more expensive than the Rapid, customers can easily be swayed to the newer Volkswagen.

Besides the Kodiaq sport utility vehicle, Skoda is also offering the Superb and Octavia sedans, and the Rapid Spaceback hatch. Here are brief impressions of the other three cars after about three hours of "speed dating".

OCTAVIA 1.0TSI AMBITION

The Octavia is Skoda's volume seller. It is related to the Volkswagen Golf, and is the workhorse of the Skoda stable.

If Skoda's main selling point is bang for the buck, the 1-litre, three-cylinder Octavia ($113,400) embodies that fully.

It has enough headroom and legroom for three adults in the rear and a generous boot. Loading is easy, thanks to its liftback boot.

On the go, the steering lacks weight and feedback, but the car rides over poorly-paved country roads around Mlada Boleslav reasonably well.

The styling is plain and inoffensive, making it the perfect, if not bland, family car.

Unusually, the car even comes with an electrical socket for rear passengers to power their laptops and even a small fridge, although a two-pin European power socket adapter would be needed.

Among the cars in the Skoda range, this is least likely to compete with Volkswagen for sales because it does not have a mid-size sedan in its line-up.

For those who find the 1-litre 114bhp/200Nm car too modest, look out for a spicier 241bhp/370Nm Octavia RS due later this year. It is Octavia's version of the Golf GTI and, on paper, it matches the performance of the 230bhp/350Nm GTI.