About two years after Volkswagen entered the small crossover market, the T-Roc R is finally available for order in Europe. Prices start from €43,995 in Germany before options and such.

We think 44k is a decent deal, since the Golf R starts from €45,700. You can get the Cupra Ateca a little cheaper, but there’s no way of knowing which is the more enjoyable to drive right now.

What’s a T-Roc? The question is understandable, considering the model is basically only sold in Europe. It’s a tiny MQB-based crossover that’s barely any more rugged than a Golf. As for the letter R, that should be something every Vdub fan knows about – it’s the one that goes on all the performance cars.

The T-Roc R is supposed to be part of a new wave of R vehicles, which will include the Tiguan R and Arteon R, though all of them are taking way longer to develop than though. They’re even changing the engine for the Tiguan. This new R 4×4 shares its power with the current Golf R, but also a small series of other vehicles, the most similar of which are the Cupra Ateca that’s not a SEAT and the Audi SQ2.

If you know about any of those, the fact that the T-Roc makes 300 HP and 400 Nm of torque should come as no surprise. The little rascal is good for 0 to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds and a top speed of 250 km/h. Other rivals include the BMW X2 M35i, MINI Clubman JCW and upcoming Mercedes-AMG GLA 35 4Matic.

Even in the shortest of press releases, Volkswagen is already mentioning it wants more money for the options. This includes €3800 for the titanium exhaust system (Akrapovic is implied but not mentioned), 19-inch wheels for 820 euros and a big-brake pack.

We’d skip all those but get the optional DCC adaptive dampers, since the lowered suspension may compromise the T-Roc’s normal comfort levels.