In this guide, we review several multi-system OBD2 scanners for Audi and Volkswagen.
Unlike generic OBD2 scanner which will only diagnose the check engine light, a VAG scanner allows you to diagnose multiple systems including engine, transmission, airbag and Anti-lock Brake System (ABS)
Here are some of the best scanners for Audi, VW, Skoda, and Seat vehicles.
Autophix VW Audi Skoda Scanner
The Autophix 7610 VW Audi scanner is designed for Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda, and Seat vehicles.
It offers a number of advantages compared to most OBD2 scanners in the same price range.
It can read and clear codes from the transmission unit, EPB, ABS, airbag, DPF, TPMS, Engine. Most OBD2 scanners in this price range can only read and clear data from the engine control unit.
In addition in can reset service reminders such as Oil Light and Brake Pad Wear.
Carista OBD2 Adapter pairs with your smartphone. It is one of the OBD2 scanners that will allow you to program functions and features on Audi and VW vehicles. It provides advanced diagnostics on Volkswagen vehicles.
It addition to being able to read and clear codes from most modules it allows you to program features in your car.
For example, you can use it to disable alarm beep when you lock the car.
Overall it is a powerful scanner with similar features to the VagCom. The only downside is that in order to use advanced features it requires a yearly subscription.
Check compatibility with your model as well. Just because it works on most Audi VW vehicles, it doesn't mean it will work on your model as well.
If you are looking for a professional level scanner, Autel MaxiCOM is an excellent scanner that provides dealer lever troubleshooting and diagnostics for all cars including Audi and VW vehicles.
It was easy to use and can read, clear and program most modules. The scanner can be upgraded for free for 1 year. After that, you will need to pay to update the software if you want coverage for newer models.
Autel MaxiCOM is one of the best scanners OBD2 scanners for VW and Audi. It is a cheaper alternative to the popular Snap-On Solus scanner. Many small independent repair shops use the Autel as the primary diagnostic tool.
Launch Creader VII+ can read and clear codes from the engine control unit, ABS, Airbag, and transmission.
One of the reasons why Launch Creader VII+ is so popular is because it can diagnose those for systems in virtually any make not just Audi and VW.
iCarsoft VAG-II is a dedicated scanner made by iCarsoft mainly for Audi and VW vehicles. You can also use this scanner on Seat and Skoda vehicles.
iCarsoft is capable of scanning multiple modules on VW and Audi. It can read and clear codes. It can also perform Adaptations, but this function is model dependent.
The software can be updated when new software versions become available. If you are only working on Audi and VW vehicles, iCarsoft is an excellent choice because it allows you to access all modules.
Ross-Tech VCDS Software
VCDS by Ross-Tech is another popular diagnostic scanner for Audi, Volkswagen, Bently vehicles.
It works on all VAG from 1996 to the present. To use the software you will need a laptop, VAG-COM Cable, and VCDS software. VCDS software is available in Professional and Enthusiast version.
The VCDS Lite is available for free but has limited functionality. Professionals and auto mechanics have to spend several hundred dollars on the pro version of the VCDS to unlock all features and programming capabilities of the VCDS.
VCDS allows you to perform Auto-Scan. This mode goes through all the modules and reads all the fault codes. Once the scanning is complete, you will be able to see all the fault codes stored in various modules including Engine, Transmission, Airbag, Traction Control, ABS, Climate Control, etc.
OBDeleven Audi VW If you are looking for a powerful OBD2 scanner for Audi and Volkswagen vehicles, OBDeleven is a great choice. We believe that Bluetooth adapters are the future of auto diagnostics.
OBDeleven is a Bluetooth OBD2 adapter that requires a smartphone with Android 4.1 or later. It provides full system diagnostics, programming for most modules.
It allows you to perform coding of various items such as disable warnings and customize lights. It supports most Audi and VW vehicles from 1996 to the present.
The OBD2 scanners we have listed here are all good scanners for Audi and VW vehicles.
You can't go wrong with any of these scanners. If you are looking for the best OBD2 scanner for your VW & Audi you need to take consider your budget and what system you want to diagnose.
Having a good VAG-COM scan tool can help Audi/VW owners and mechanics troubleshoot and identify problems without having to go to the dealer.
If you are simply trying to diagnose the check engine light, you need a basic OBD2 Scanner. We do not cover those scanners in this guide. Scanners in this list are more advanced and provide access to several modules including the ECU.
What is the VAGCOM scanner?
- VAG-COM is an Interface that plugs into the car's OBD port and also connects to your laptop. It allows you to diagnose Audi, Volkswagen Seat, and Skoda vehicles.
- It can also work as a generic OBD2 scanner on non-VW / Audi vehicles.
What is the best fault code reader for VW and Audi?
- All the scanners in this list will allow you to read and clear fault codes on Audi and VW vehicles.
These scanners work on 1996 and newer Audi, Volkswagen vehicles. Check model coverage for each scanner before purchase.
Audi: 80, 90, 100, 200, Cabriolet, A1, S1, A2, A3, S3, RS3, A4, S4, A4 Allroad, A5, S5, RS5, A5 Sportback, A6, S6, RS6, A6 Allroad, A7, S7, A8, S8, Q2, Q3, Q5, SQ5, Q7, SQ7, TT, TTS, TT RS, R8, R8 Spyder
VW: UP!, Polo, Golf, Beetle, Bora, Corrado, Scirocco, Jetta, Vento, Touran, Tiguan, T-Rock, Eos, Fox, Lupo, Passat, Passat CC, Sharan, Touareg, Atlas, Phaeton, Caddy, Multivan, Transporter, Vento, Amarok, Arteon, XL1