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ANCEL VD500: Audi VW OBD2 Scan Tool Review

The ANCEL VD500 is an entry-level diagnostic scan tool that’s primarily designed for VAG (Volkswagen Auto Group) brand of cars.

ANCEL VD500
ANCEL VD500 OBD2 Scan Tool for Audi Skoda VW Seat
4.64.6 / 5
The VD500 is specialize in diagnosing Volkswagen Audi Group vehicles (VW, AUDI, SKODA and SEAT), it can also diagnose engine system for other OBD-II Vehicles.

Despite its low price tag and simple design, this ANCEL scanner does support an array of advanced functions. But is it suitable for your diagnostic needs? Let’s find that out.

ANCEL VD500
The ANCEL VD500 is an entry-level diagnostic scan tool 
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VD500 OBD2 Scanner Detailed Review

Although the comparison above gives a glimpse of what the ANCEL VD500 has to offer, it doesn’t quite cover the details you need to know. This section gets into the nitty-gritty details of this scanner’s functions.

Diagnose both VAG and non-VAG vehicles

VD500 can read and clear engine fault codes, read vehicle information for non-Volkswagen vehicles, but can’t read ABS, SRS and transmission codes.

For VAG series vehicles (Seat, Skoda, VW Volkswagen, Audi), VD500 can do Oil Service reset, EPB reset, Throttle Position Adaption, all systems diagnostics, etc. As such, you can read and clear engine, SRS, ABS, transmission, SAS, ESP, TPMS, and IMMO codes.

It also allows you to pull emission-related codes and therefore determine whether your car will pass a smog test. By reading and erasing codes you will be able to turn the Check Engine Light (CEL or MIL) and other warning lights off.

 ANCEL VD500
ANCEL VD500 is able to detect all system. 
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Vehicle Information

In addition to codes and the functions outlined above, the ANCEL VD500 can read a vehicle’s information. It retrieves both the VIN and ECU info. The two are very important when you are dealing with a new car.

While VIN gives you the unique identity of a car, ECU information relates to the engine’s parameters. It basically indicates the performance and condition of the engine module. That’s the kind of information you need before you buy a car.

Overall Usability

The ANCEL VD500 is one of the most straightforward diagnostic tools. Built with a backlit screen, it has easy-to-navigate menus. There are only four buttons; one for selecting an item, one for exiting, one for scrolling up and the final one for scrolling down.

Once connected to a car, it will take you to the main menu. From there you can choose to either do a VAG specific diagnostic or a general OBD2 diagnostic (for non-VAG cars). From there it will display all the available systems and pull their codes.

ANCEL VD500
ANCEL VD500 is one of the most straightforward diagnostic tools.
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You will be glad to know that the scanner provides code definitions to help you understand each problem. You can then decide whether to take the car to the shop or fix it the DIY way. It updates the software and database easily via the Internet through a PC connection.

Compatibility

As mentioned, this scan tool is primarily for VAG cars that are OBD2 compliant. Those are 1996 or newer models of Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda, and Seat vehicles. For those cars, you can use all the functions of the ANCEL VD500.

The ANCEL VD500 supports all OBD2 protocols, including ISO9141, J1850VPM, J1850PWM, KWP2000, and CAN.

ANCEL VD500
The package dimensions of ANCEL VD500.
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Pros and Cons of Ancel VD500

Pros

  •  Simple to use
  •  Very affordable
  •  Has rugged construction and ergonomic design
  •  Compatible with virtually all OBD2 VAG cars
  •  Supports full OBD2 diagnostics for main systems in VAG and non-VAG cars
  •  Can switch between English and German menusCons
  •  Offers limited advanced and professional functions
  •  Could use better code definitions

Cons

  • Offers limited advanced and professional functions
  • Could use better code definitions

ANCEL VD500 vs OBDelveven Pro vs XTOOL VAG401

First of all, the ANCEL VD500 is a pretty decent scanner when compared to others that fall in the same price range. But of course no device is flawless, and the limitations of the VD500 might lead you to consider other options.

Two that come closest in terms of functionality are the XTOOL VAG401 OBD2 Scanner and the OBDeleven Pro for Android. Below is a simplified tabular comparison of these three devices.

ANCEL VD500
ANCEL VD500 OBD II Diagnostic Scanner for Volkswagen VW Audi Skoda Seat
XTOOL VAG401
XTOOL VAG401 Live Data OBD2 Auto Scanner for VW, Audi, Seat and Skoda
OBDeleven Pro
Audi/VW VAG OBD2 OBDeleven Pro Bluetooth Scan Tool for Android
Customer Rating
4.64.6 / 5
44 / 5
4.14.1 / 5
PriceANCEL VD500  priceXTOOL VAG401 priceOBDeleven Pro price
ProsSimple to use, very affordableFull System ScanFull System Scan
ConsOffers limited advanced and professional functions and could use better code definitionsVAG401 doesn’t offer access to any of advanced functionsThe OBDeleven Pro supports just a few more advanced diagnostics than the VD500
Bottom LineDespite its few shortcomings, the ANCEL VD500 is still a great tool for the ordinary car owner.VAG401 allows you to reset mileage, do throttle adaptation, and perform long coding and adaptation.The OBDeleven Pro is a dongle that pairs with an Android smartphone or tablet.

ANCEL VD500 vs XTOOL VAG401

XTOOL VAG401 and ANCEL VD500 offer the same basic diagnostic functions. You can pull and erase codes from all the main onboard systems (ECU, transmission, ABS & SRS). Besides that, both devices support resetting of oil service and clearing of SAS codes.

XTOOL VAG401
XTOOL VAG401 offers the same diagnostic functions with ANCEL’s VD500.
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However, these two scanners differ rather widely when it comes to their range of advanced functions. While the VD500 checks the TPMS, ESP, immobilizer and battery systems, the VAG401 doesn’t offer access to any of those.

Instead, it allows you to reset mileage, do throttle adaptation, and perform long coding and adaptation. The two also differ in vehicle compatibility.

You can do basic diagnostics (ECU, transmission, ABS & SRS) on any mainstream OBD2 car (including non-VAG vehicles) using the ANCEL VD500. The same can’t be said about the VAG401 which strictly covers VAG cars only.

ANCEL VD500 vs OBDeleven Pro

The OBDeleven Pro is a dongle that pairs with an Android smartphone or tablet. It connects to a car’s onboard computers via Bluetooth and lets you run diagnostics on your mobile device. As such, you can leave it plugged at all times and get real-time monitoring of your vehicle. That’s one thing you can’t do with the ANCEL VD500.

OBDeleven Pro
The OBDeleven Pro is a dongle that pairs with an Android smartphone.
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Another difference is that the OBDeleven Pro covers VAG cars only. If you want a device that can work on non-VAG cars then you will be better off with the ANCEL VD500. In terms of functionality, these two devices have some points of similarities and differences.

[boBoth allow you to read and clear ECU, transmission, ABS, SAS & SRS codes. However, the OBDeleven Pro supports just a few more advanced diagnostics than the VD500. For example, you can use it for long-coding and battery monitoring in addition to oil reset and EPB reset.

Who is it for?

The ANCEL VD500 is still a great tool for the DIY people and enthusiast.

ANCEL VD500 FAQs

1. Will this work with an OBD1 car?
No, the ANCEL VD500 is strictly for OBD2 cars

2. Can I use the ANCEL VD500 on a car that’s not Volkswagen?
Yes, if it is OBD2 compliant. VD500 can read and clear engine fault codes, read vehicle information for non-Volkswagen vehicles, but can’t read ABS, SRS and transmission codes.

3. Does it read live and freeze frame data?
No, this device doesn’t support either of those

4. Can it reset my TPMS?
No. It can only read TPMS codes and allow you to turn the TPMS light off.

5. What another scan tool can I buy apart from the ANCEL VD500?
Although there are several scan tools out there, the XTOOL VAG401 OBD2 Scanner and the OBDeleven Pro make great alternatives for the VD500

6. Can I use the ANCEL VD500 on multiple vehicles?
Yes you can, provided the vehicles in question are compatible. Please check the compatibility section for more information
Read more: ANCEL X5: WIFI Full System OBD2 Scanner Review

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6 thoughts on “ANCEL VD500: Audi VW OBD2 Scan Tool Review”

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