The order books have opened for Seat’s new seven-seat Tarraco SUV, which will arrive in British showrooms in the new year.

Priced from £28,320, the Spanish family bus shares much with the Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace and Skoda Kodiaq, but it is cheaper than both its VW Group siblings.

As standard, the entry-level Tarraco SE comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, metallic paint and three-zone climate control, as well as Full Link smartphone connectivity and DAB digital radio.

However, spending another £1,010 on the SE Technology model will buy you larger 18-inch alloy wheels, tinted rear windows and satellite navigation.

If you’ve got £30,410 to spend, though, you can have the Xcellence model, complete with a rear-view camera, electrically opening tailgate and adaptive cruise control, which maintains a safe distance to the vehicle in front. Once again, moving up the trim levels also sees the alloy wheels swell, growing to 19 inches in diameter.

For the range-topping Xcellence Lux model, which comes in at £32,135, they grow again, reaching 20 inches across. The upholstery gets an upgrade, too, gaining leather upholstery, while the rear-view camera is swapped for a 360-degree bird’s-eye view of the car and its surroundings.

The engine range begins with the basic 1.5-litre petrol engine, which serves up 148 bhp and returns up to 42.8 mpg, but a larger 2-litre unit is available. Whereas the 1.5 comes with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, the 2-litre, 188 bhp motor is mated to a seven-speed automatic gearbox, as well as four-wheel drive.

Alongside the two petrol engines, the Tarraco will also be available with a choice of 2-litre diesel engines. Like the petrols, the diesels will be offered in 148 bhp and 188 bhp guises, with the more powerful unit getting a seven-speed auto ‘box as standard. Both engines, however, will be available with four-wheel drive.

Richard Harrison, the managing director of Seat in the UK, said the newcomer was a “cracker” that would round off Seat’s SUV range.

“We are thrilled to close what has been a fantastic year for Seat UK by opening for orders on our new flagship model, Tarraco,” he said. “Our first-ever large SUV is a cracker, and the perfect way to complete our full range of SUVs, joining the multi-award winning Ateca and Arona.

“Tarraco is already turning heads with its eye-catching combination of fresh design language, state-of-the-art technology and an enjoyably dynamic drive. Add to that our innovative Easymove range structure, which means customers get a great level of standard specification and metallic paint included for free, and Tarraco represents exceptional value for money. It is sure to fly out of showrooms in the new year.”

Gallery: Seat Tarraco