Fleet buyers will be offered the engine options of a 100bhp variable inlet 1.6-litre petrol unit and a 90bhp TDI intercooled turbo diesel - the latter capable of up to 67mpg. Vario's 4.144m length is the same as the existing Cordoba sports saloon, but has a luggage bay of 390 litres which can be expanded to 1,250 litres by folding down the rear seats.
Prices are likely to be from £12,500 - in line with the four-door Cordoba - and standard equipment will include air-conditioning, a roof rack with protection rails, power steering, remote central locking, electric front windows and a driver's airbag. It will also carry a three-year unlimited mileage warranty.
Kevin Rose, director of SEAT UK, said: 'Vario is unique. The car brings all the driver enjoyment of a sports hatch, yet with the big advantage of a large and flexible estate luggage bay.'