How to choose a best Hyundai Kia OBDII scanner? (workshop & DIY)

You can click any of below title to the right tool:

OEM Carman Scan Lite
Foxwell NT510 Kia/Hyundai Scanner
Launch Creader VII+ CRP123

Here recommend workshop technicians & Home use top 4 Hyundai Kia Cars OBDII diagnostic scanners, and come with their features, highlights, vehicle coverage, etc.

Before we look at some of the best OBD2 diagnostic scanners for Hyundai and Kia, you need to understand what scanner Hyundai dealers use.

Hyundai GDS 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 owner’s doesn’t make sense unless you are an auto repair shop who specializes on Hyundai and Kia. Based on capabilities of the Hyundai GDS scanner below engineer listed several OBD2 scanners that provide most of the functions of the GDS but only cost between $150-$500.

Top 4 Hyundai Kia Cars OBDII diagnostic scanners

  1. OEM GDS VCI with Trigger Module Firmware V2.20


Firmware version: V2.20
Software version: Hyundai V19 & Kia V12
Language: English
rating system: Windows XP/Windows 7

The Global Diagnostic System (GDS) is the only OEM diagnostic toolfor Hyundai.It is an advanced service system that provides comprehensive coverage for all Hyundai vehicles including all Hybrid cars. GDS provides complete diagnostics, analysis and reprogramming capabilities as well as a huge library of technical, service and repair information.

GDS VCI Scan Tool for KIA Hyundai Features:

1) Completely Integrated Diagnostic System with User Specific information & settings

2) Complete Technical Service Information

3) Comprehensive & Customized Diagnostic Solution

4) Guided Troubleshooting Procedures

5) Mobile Data-recording Function

6) Real-time Software Management

Trigger Module (Flight record)

Intensified recording function of vehicle conditions at idling or driving

Recorded data VCI can be reviewed and analyzed precisely and the terminal

Exact Analysis of data trend

Data storing in PC and sharing for remote control diagnosis and further diagnosis

Actuator Driving

Sample Operation and multi-record with large memory up to PC HD memory

Easy to use and fast procedure.

Average price: $200-$350

Lowest price: $129 (


  1. Carman Scan Lite for Hyundai Kia


Language: English
Update: by CD
Support year: 1996-2010
No need to connect with computer

Vehicle Coverage: Hyundai/Kia worldwide incl. Korean, Japanese, European, American, Malaysian, Chinese, Australian and Latin American

Target user: Suitable for Workshop

Compatible Protocol:

ISO 9141-2, ISO-14230,

SAE J1850 (PWM, VPW) ,


CAN BUS Communication support


On board diagnostic communication

Special vehicle test emulation

The combination provides for easy and comprehensive diagnosis of the electronically

Controlled systems used across the aftermarket model range.

Diagnostic communication with all Hyundai and Kia electronic control systems

Diagnostic communication with Japanese, European, U. S. A. vehicles

OBD-II communication protocol support

Actuator driving function with predefined frequency and duty ratio

High resolution LCD display

Easy and soft touch key

Visual lamp of communication state

Bright screen (Auto backlight)

available in English and French languages.

On-line support for diagnostic trouble code or current data operations

On-line “HELP” key operating support

Built-in main memory (32MB)

Secondary large memory card for s / w update and information storage

PC communication facility

USB support (PC connection etc.)

Compact design

Easy to carry

Average price: $700 – $1000

$719 only Carman Scan Lite


  1. Foxwell NT510 Hyundai Kia full-system handheld scanner


Foxwell NT510 Hyundai Kia full-system handheld scanner can perform both basic functions and special functions.

Foxwell NT510 Hyundai Kia scanner basic functions:

Read and clear diagnostic trouble codes from numerous vehicle systems – ABS, Airbag, Engine, Transmission, Instrument cluster etc. Component Testing, Read Vehicle and ECU Information, DataStream Graph Display, view freeze frame data, read live data stream info. Fault-Tracing for malfunction indicator lights, includes check engine, ABS, SRS airbag, etc.

Foxwell NT510 Hyundai Kia scanner special functions:

Oil Service, EPB, Throttle opening angle, Steering angle sensor and replace internal battery . Allows for the coding and programming of a replacement control module or changing previously stored incorrect coding. PLEASE NOTE: THOSE SPECIAL FUNCTIONS CAN BE SUPPORTED ON SOME VEHICLES, NOT ALL THE VEHICLES, WHICH DEPEND ON THE ACTUAL CONDITION OF THE VEHICLE.

Foxwell NT510 is allowed to add up to 5 car brands. Here all Foxwell NT510 vehicle coverage:

  1. Chrysler 2. GM 3. Honda, Accura 4. Hyundai,Kia 5. Toyota,Lexus, Sicon 6. Land Rover, Jaguar 7. OPEL, Vauxhall 8. VW AUDI Seat Skoda 9. BMW , Mini 10. Fiat 11. American Ford
  2. Mazda 13. Maserati 14. Ferrari 15. Aston Martin 16. Volvo 17. Porsche


Accent (LC, MC, RB, X3, RBr)
Atos (MXL, MX, MXI)
Centennial (LZ, VI)
Elantra (HD, J1, JK, MD, MD, RD, XD)
Eon (HA)
Equus (VI)
Excel (X2)
Galloper-II (M1)
Genesis (BH, BK)
Getz (TB)
Grandeur (HG, LX, TG, XG)
Azera (HG, TG)
H1 (A1, AH, AU, HR)
HB20 (HB)
HD Coupe (GK, RC)
i10 (PA)
i20 (PB)
i30 (FDe, GD, GDe, FD)
i40 (VF)
i45 (YF)
ix20 (JC)
ix35 (EL, LM, LM FCEV)
ix55 (EN)
Marcia (H1)
Matrix (FC)
Santa Fe (CM, DM, SM)
S Coupe (L1)
Solaris (RBr)
Sonata (EF, NF, Y2, Y3, YFI, YF)
Terracan (HP)
Trajet XG (FO)
Tucson (EL, JM, JM FFV, LM)
Veloster (FS)
Veracruz (EN)
Verna (RBI)


Avella (FV)
Besta (TP)
Borrego (HM)
Cadenza (VG)
Carens (FJ, UN, RP)
Carnival (GQ, VQ)
Cee’d (ED, JD)
Cerato (LD, TD, YD)
Clarus (FE)
Forte (TD, YD)
Enterprise (DB)
Joice (NO)
K2500 / K2700 / K3000 / K3000S (PU)
Mohave (HM)
Opirus (GH)
Optima (MG, MS, TF, TF HEV)
Magentis (MG, MS)
Picanto (SA, TA)
Pregio (FP)
Pride (PRD)
Quoris (KH)
Retona (JL)
Rio (BC, JB, QBR, UB)
Rondo (RP)
Sedona (GQ, VQ)
Sephia (FB12, FB22)
Shuma (SD)
Spectra (SD)
Sorento (BL, XM)
Soul (AM)
Sportage (AL, KM, SL, SLE)
Towner (HA)
Venga (YN)


1. Launch Creader VII+ CRP123, price: $125


Creader VII+ (Launch CRP123)is a well built comprehensive diagnostic scanner by Launch. It includes the full function of OBDII /EOBD and supports more functions of four systems (Engine, automatic transmission, anti-lock braking system and airbag)of main car models, such as read and reset code, multi-languages, data stream graphic display, storage and playback of dynamic data stream, etc.

Creader VII+ (Launch CRP123) vehicle coverage:

Asia Car Models: 

Hyundai, Kia, Suzuki, Honda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Toyota, Mazda, Subaru, Infiniti, Lexus, Accura, Isuzu.

USA Car Models:

Ford, GM, Chrysler.

European Car Models: 

Benz, BMW, VW, Opel, Volvo, Fiat, Landrover, Seat, Skoda, Audi, Porsche, Saab, Jaguar.


Launch CRP123 Functions:

Applicable for all vehicles which match OBDII standard after 1996II

Supports all 10 test modes of the OBD

Display DTC help information and service information

Oxygen sensor test, carbon canister test

OBDII Data Stream Graphic Display

Cover more than 20 main car models in America, Europe and Asia Pacific regions

Can test Engine, Transmission, ABS and Airbag systems

Read DTC

Clear DTC

Read Dynamic Data Stream


Support Online Upgrade

To sum up:

Launch CRP123: Best Overall OBD2 Scanner at good price, it can perform beyond the basic OBD-2 troubleshooting and work with all your car.

Foxwell NT510 Hyundai Kia scanner: cheapest, offers similar functions to Hyundai dealer tool. It has two features, one is to pay extra $70 to add one more car brand (up to 5 car brands), another one is it can realize special functions which is better than Launch CRP123.

G-SCAN and OEM Carman Scan Lite:

they are the best diagnostic scanner for Hyundai mechanics.

especially the OEM Carman Scan Lite is most expensive. It provides similar troubleshooting capabilities to the dealer scanner.