What is The Best VAG-COM VCDS OBD II Scan Tool?

By | August 9, 2020

What is The Best VAG-COM VCDS OBD II Scan Tool 2018
Having a good VAG-COM scan tool can go a long way to help not only find a mechanical problem but to do some light modding.

There are many VAG-COM VCDS scan tools available for Volkswagen, from low-cost units to high-end expensive models.
Best VAG-COM VCDS OBD II Scan Tool 2020 Overview
Below are some of our favorite options that would be a good fit for the DIY mechanic or professional.

As always be sure to read the reviews on Amazon, forums, or elsewhere to be sure a unit is a good fit for you.

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Our Picks for the Best VAG-COM VCDS OBD II Scan Tools

  1. ANCEL VD500
  2. ANCEL VD500 OBD II Diagnostic Scanner for Volkswagen VW Audi Skoda Seat Diagnosis Check Engine Light EPB ABS SRS Code Reader Oil Throttle Position Adaption Brake Pad Reset Tool

    The ANCEL VD500 is a low-cost stand-alone scan tool for Volkswagen’s.

    For a budget unit it has many good features such as EPB, ABS, SRS, Oil Throttle Position, Adaption Brake Pad Reset, and much more.
    What is The Best VAG-COM VCDS OBD II Scan Tool ANCEL VD500
    It also is compatible with many VW models including Golf, Jetta, Passat, Sharan, Tiguan, Touran, Audi and more.

    The ANCEL VD500 is worth a look for anyone looking for a starter scan tool for their Volkswagen
     

  3. Xtool Vag401
  4. XTOOL Vag401 Code Reader for Vw Audi Seat Skoda Diagnostic Scan Tool

    The Xtool Vag401 is another low-cost stand-alone scan tool built to work with Volkswagen.

    It has a lot of feature including reset Oil Services, Airbag Reset, Throttle Adaption, Mileage Reset, EEPROM Access and much more.
    What is The Best VAG-COM VCDS OBD II Scan Tool VAG401
    It is widely compatible with many Volkswagen’s from Passat to Audi.

    The unit is a good scanner for troubleshooting and has many nice features such as clearing airbag faults, or priming a fuel pump after a filter change.

    If doing a mod it only works with long codes in HEX, so you will need to know exactly which byte and bits to modify. This can be done by searching the forums and finding matches for your car and what you are trying to do.
     

  5. FOXWELL NT510
  6. FOXWELL NT510 Elite OBD2 Scanner Code Reader for Porsche, Full System HVAC 4WD Bi-Directional Scan Tool with Oil Reset EPB SAS TPS TPMS and Battery Registeration etc

    The FOXWELL NT510 is a great scan tool for any car or truck including VW owners.

    It has a ton of features such as resetting the check engine light, ABS light, SRS airbag light, and much more.

    If you need one of the better home DIY scan tools it is worth a look.

    The number of things it can read and reset is huge. It is also easy to use and has a very intuitive interface.

    There are cheaper options and it may be more than what a home DIY person needs, but is a nice unit to have when a problem comes up.
     

  7. VAG-COM KKL 409.1
  8. VIMVIP VAG-COM KKL 409.1 OBD2 USB Cable Auto Scanner Scan Tool Compatible with Audi VW SEAT Volkswagen

    Of course, no VAG COM scan tools would list would be complete without a cheap low-cost USB OBDII Cable.

    A Vag COM cable simply goes from the OBD2 port to a laptops USB port and software is used for VCDS information.

    Low-cost cables are basically knock offs of the genuine Ross-Tech cable which cost much more.

    The thing to understand with any of these low cost VAG COM cables is they use older version of the Ross-Tech software.

    Many have problems with these cables while others use them daily.
    Best VAG-COM VCDS OBD II Scan Tool 2017 Pic 7
    Here are some things to keep in mind if a low-cost VAG COM cable is bought.

    …It will come with a disc that must be used with the cable.

    …Do not update the software or it will not work.

    …You will need to disable any virus software to use the program.

    …It is best to disable any internet connection so the software does not update.

    Of course, all of this can be skipped by buying the Ross Tech version. I know many will not have the money to buy the Ross Tech version and these will come up.

    With that in mind they do work when used right.
     

  9. OBDeleven
  10. OBDeleven Pro Edition Next Generation Professional OBD2 Bluetooth Diagnostic Scan Tool for Android and iOS (Beta)

    The OBDeleven is a dedicated VAG COM scan tool that has most all VCDS features.

    It is a Bluetooth dongle that Pairs with a smartphone and allows you to check for errors or do modifications.
    Best VAG-COM VCDS OBD II Scan Tool
    An app called VAG OBD2 is downloaded from the Play Store to your Android smartphone.

    The app does charge extra for features that make it easier to mod a VW.

    There is no charge if you can get a bit technical and enter the long codes bits needed to do what is required.
    Best VAG-COM VCDS OBD II Scan Tool 2017
    Even though it makes VAG-COM much easier to work with then in the past there still is a technicality to it, unless you want to pay extra for the easy apps.

    For example, if you are doing mods be sure to do some research on your vehicle for what mods you actually want done to your car.
    Best VAG-COM VCDS OBD II Scan Tool 2017 Pic 5

    If you just want to check codes then it does that very well. The Volkswagen vehicle compatibility is huge, but be sure to read their compatibility list on Amazon to be sure it will work for you.
    Best VAG-COM VCDS OBD II Scan Tool 2017 OBDEleven

    The OBDEleven is a really nice tool when used correctly along with tons of features and mods that can be done depending on your vehicle.
     
    Best VAG-COM VCDS OBD II Scan Tools Comparison Table

    NameTypeRead/Erase codesVCDS Options
    ANCEL VD500Stand-aloneYesYes
    Xtool Vag401Stand-aloneYesYes
    FOXWELL NT510Stand-aloneYesNo
    VAG-COM KKL 409.1USB Computer CableYesYes
    OBDeleven Bluetooth to Android SmartphoneYesYes

    Summary
    There are many good OBDII VAG-COM scan tools for Volkswagen that can diplay VW specific codes.

    The above VAG-COM VCDS are simply a few of our favorite options with no doubt many more to choose from.

    Each tool has its own positives and negatives which often depending on the vehicle being worked on.

    Whichever tool is used there are many good things about using a VAG-COM tool over a standard OBDII. From scanning for engine fault codes to simple modding, they are a nice thing to have.

    Do you have a favorite VAG-COM scanner? Let us know in the comments below.

     

     




     

12 thoughts on “What is The Best VAG-COM VCDS OBD II Scan Tool?

  1. Steve

    Hi peeps can anybody tell me how to update a vag401 the steps on Google don’t seems to work or tried xtool website but no luck.

    Regards steve

    Reply
  2. Darren

    Just wondering if any of these scanners have the capability do carry out a forced DPF regeneration on a Touareg?

    Reply
  3. Clara

    Thank you for the list of vag com tools it is very useful and I am going to buy an obd scanner. Would you mind giving me any advice? I prefer to buy a basic obd like this one: Launch Creader 6001 What do you think about it? I am new in this area.

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    1. Hawkwind212

      The Launch Creader 6001 is a good all around unit that work with most any car or truck including VW reading and clearing codes. VW vehicles do have extend Vag Com protocols it cant read but will read all other VW codes.

      Reply
  4. milo

    Hello and thank you for this information on vag com tools. I have 3 vw TDI’s, 2000-2004 and id like to check intention pump timing on them. I can’t afford the Ross Tech unit and I want to be able to check timing for friends and family which I can’t do with Ross Tech (only allows 3 VIN’s).
    Do you know if any of these above mentioned tools are capable of checking timing? Also, are they limited to a certain number of vehicles like the Ross Tech is?
    Thanks!

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  5. Shelly

    I highly recommend Launch 8001 code reader.
    This diagnostic tool includes all the latest OBDII test modes (modes 1 to 10), including full on-board monitor testing, which provides full OBDII and EOBD diagnostic functions and reads common protocols. Color view screen and smart hotkeys make this automotive scanner an ideal tool for professional technicians as well as knowledgeable mechanics who do car maintenance work at home

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  6. Amanda Yang

    I have bought Launch 6001 code reader before. It is well worth buying because of the high quality. It works on my Ford perfectly. In fact, the design is considerate – the cable attached to the device and the other end of the cable plugged into the OBD port on my vehicle. The instruction described on the user manual is clearly, which are really easy to understand. I can easily check if the engine emissions reach the standard.
    I don’t have to always go to automotive services cause this tool can help me solve some small problems. What satisfied me a lot is the metal dome designed keys which are sensitive and easy to operate with great feelings.
    Maybe you can have a try.

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  7. Kevin Gillam

    Hello, I need to do a Haldex drive service on my Skoda Yeti and the on-line discussion groups seem to think that you need a Ross-Tech VCDS or similar to remove the Haldex filter. Similarly it is recommended that I have a Ross-Tech VCDS or similar to monitor gearbox oil temperature when I service the DSG gearbox. Is there a less expensive tool that will allow me to do these jobs? Best regards, Kevin

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  8. Mr philip Robertson

    Really usefull information, will they cover a 2004 Audi allroad quattro and air suspension? as the air suspension is the what I’m really looking for

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  9. Kris

    There is ONLY one VAG Com, and that’s Ross-Tech. They invented and perfected the 1551/1552 clone for the enthusiast.

    Anything else should not be called a VAG COM.

    Reply
  10. zabad longoria

    what about for doing service, like change of oil, brake pads, release of electronic parking brake, etc.

    what scanner do you recommend for an Audi c7

    Reply

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