In this article, we review the best OBD-II scanners for Hyundai and Kia vehicles.
While there are hundreds of scanners that work on Kia and Hyundai, our goal was to focus on OBD2 scanners that are affordable and can diagnose multiple systems including engine, transmission, brake (ABS), and airbag (SRS) on Hyundai and Kia vehicles.
Based on our hands-on experience and research we think the best OBD2 scanners for Hyundai and Kia are.
Foxwell All System Scanner
- Diagnose multiple systems
- Reset the service oil reminder
- TPMS programming
- Steering Angle Sensor (SAS) calibration
- Program and code control units.
- Diagnose chassis, powertrain and body systems.
- Reads and clears diagnostic trouble codes. Reset CEL/MIL light.
- Live sensors data streaming.
- ABS/SRS/Airbag, ECU and Transmission Diagnostics
If you do your own Hyundai / Kia repairs and are looking for an affordable multi-system scanner that goes beyond the basic OBD2 troubleshooting the Foxwell NT510 is a great choice.
Not only is the Foxwell All System Scanner affordable but it provides several capabilities that you only find on professional level diagnostic scanners.
When purchasing a Foxwell NT510 make sure it says for Hyundai or Kia. This scanner can be loaded with software for up to different car makes. It will work on a generic scanner and diagnose the check engine light on all makes regardless of the specific software loaded on the scanner.
Launch Creader VII+
- Works on most European, Asian and Domestic vehicles
- Can troubleshoot Engine, Transmission, ABS, and SRS/Airbag
- Can read and clear Engine DTC Code.
- Live Data Stream
- Oxygen Sensor Testing
- Works on vehicles manufactured after 1996 until now.
- Multi-Language Support
The Launch Creader VII is a great OBD2 scanner for Hyundai and Kia vehicles. It is able to scan the brake system (ABS), Airbag (SRS), Engine and Transmission on most cars, SUVs, and VANs.
Any a Hyundai owner who needs to know why the transmission is not shifting or why the ABS or SRS lights are on, this is a great scanner. It is easy to use and it costs as much as one visit to the mechanic. The main advantage of the Launch Creader is that it can diagnose over 20 different car brands, not just Hyundai and Kia.
- Extensive vehicle coverage for more than 50 Domestic, Asian and European vehicle makes
- Dealer level capability including live data, ECU programming.
- Key Coding functionality, Component Activation testing.
- Sensor Initializations, ECU Adoption, Coding & Module Set Up functionality.
The Autel MaxiDAS provides in-depth troubleshooting and diagnostic similar to the diagnostic scanner used at the Hyundai dealership. It is able to access all systems on your Hyundai/Kia, not just the ABS, SRS, ECU and TCU.
This is the best alternative to the Hyundai dealer scanner. The MaxiDAS is able to erase, clear, activate sensors, program and initialize control units. Even though it is a professional level diagnostic scanner it is relatively easy to use and much less expensive than Hyundai GDS or the Snap-On Solus. You see this scanner often used at independent auto repair shops.
While it is one of the least expensive professional Hyundai scan tools, it is on the expensive side for most Hyundai and Kia owners.
Autel MaxiDAS DS708 is the older generation scanner. The latest version at the time of this writing is the MaxiDAS DS808.
Hyundai Dealer Scanner Tool
The Hi-Scan Pro was the factory scanner for Hyundai vehicles in the past, currently, G.I.T is the OEM manufacturer of the scan tool called Global Diagnostic System (GDS) which is used at Hyundai and Kia dealers.
Hyundai GDS diagnostic scanner will give you full control of the systems on your Hyundai / Kia. With the GDS you are able to diagnose and reprogram control units. The original GDS scanner can get very expensive for Hyundai/Kia owners.
The Hyundai GDS costs thousands of dollars and requires yearly updates which for Hyundai owners doesn't make sense unless you are an auto repair shop who specializes in Hyundai and Kia vehicles.
Hyundai G-Scan 2 Tool
G.I.T. who makes the OEM diagnostic scanner for Hyundai and Kia dealers makes a second scanner called G-Scan with similar capabilities to the Hyundai GDS scanner but can be used by auto repair shops.
The G-scan tool provides dealer lever control and functionality and is able to access all the systems on your Hyundai vehicles.
The main difference between the Hyundai G-Scan tool and Hyundai GDS is that the G-Scan can not access the Hyundai dealer network and it can not do reflashing.
The G-scan is much cheaper than the Hyundai GDS scanner but it is still expensive for Hyundai and Kia owners. There are other OBD2 scanners that provide in-depth diagnostic that still cost less than the Hyundai G-Scan tool.
Which is the best OBD2 scanner for Hyundai and Kia?
If you are a Hyundai or Kia ower and plan on doing your own car repairs, our recommendation would be the Foxwell All System Scanner.
If you are a repair shop who works on Hyundai and Kia vehicles our recommendation would be the Autel MaxiDas Professional Scanner.
If your main goal is only to read and clear the Check Engine Light than all you need is a basic OBD2 code reader. You don't need to spend hundreds of dollars to read and clear the check engine light. Your local auto parts store may even read your codes free of charge.
Note that the scanners listed here work in both Hyundai and Kia. Even though Kia is a different brand its parent company is Hyundai Motor Group and they both share modules and software.