Key Programmers Recommended for EU Cars

One customer’s question: I have Xhorse Key Tool Max and Renolink, which I have used on certain Renault vehicles. Currently, I want to buy another programmer that offers extensive coverage for European cars. I have been considering Autel IM508, Xtool, and OBDSTAR. Any thoughts or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


Recommendation list:

1. Autel MaxiIM IM508+XP400 pro

Customer feedback: “I have Autel IM508 with XP400 Pro. It’s a good all-rounder, and it has surprised me quite a few times with its capabilities. You get a two-year subscription included in the price.”


With Autel IM508 and XP400 Pro, you can do many things such as:

Read/write and learn keys to the vehicle

Program infrared keys for Mercedes vehicles

Program IC Chip keys on late model Hyundai KIA vehicles

Perform EEPROM-data functions needed for European vehicles

Perform advanced ECU coding and OE-evel vehicle coverage

Diagnose all modules of the majority of makes and models on the market

Perform bi-directional key fob programming and lMMO functions

Autel IM508 EU cars coverage

Autel IM508 supports some European car models such as Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda, Seat, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Renault and Alfa Romeo123. You can also use the vehicle coverage page of Autel to search for specific models and years.

For BMW and Mercedes-Benz vehicles, the most professional tools are CGDI BMW, CGDI Benz, VVDI BMW and VVDI Benz tools.


2. Autel MaxiIM IM608 Pro II

Customer feedback 1:

Autel IM 608 is amazing. I programmed one key for a Benz IR Vito 2008 in 9 minutes. I also reprogrammed (erased all keys) a Passat TDI 2000 in 4 minutes.

Customer feedback 2:

Autel IM608 is the best. I have a few of them, including Lonsdor 518, but Autel is the best, plus you don’t need to pay for tokens.

Customer feedback 3:

IM608 is easy to use when you don’t know what type of immo is in the car you are working with.

Customer feedback 4:

I manage a repair shop and have used various tools in my 20-year mechanic career. Autel offers many excellent tools, and the IM608 key programmer is another superb addition! For key programming, IM608 has broader coverage than my previous MK908. I’ve already used it to solve adding keys, adding remote controls, all key lost problems on Toyota, Nissan and more. A fantastic product – an excellent car key programmer!

Customer feedback 5:

My job is only locksmithing for homes and cars, not mechanics. AUTEL IM608 works well with many luxury cars like Benz, BMW, VW, etc. It’s different from Xtool, OBDSTAR and other Chinese tools.

Autel IM608 EU cars coverage

Autel IM608 supports many EU car models such as Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda, Seat, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Renault, Alfa Romeo, Peugeot, Citroen, Fiat and more. You can also check the vehicle coverage page of Autel to search for specific models and years.

Autel IM608 vehicle support list

3. Xhorse VVDI MB and VVDI full

Customer feedback:

I have VVDI MB and VVDI Full, along with IM608 and 908P. VVDI is significantly superior, especially in MB programming, than 908P. IM608 is improving gradually, so I can’t let go of them yet. VVDI MB’s password function is even faster than AVDI’s, though it can’t handle W163 via OBD2 or EEPROM. VVDI Full covers the majority of Tango functions. However, no single tool can handle everything currently.

VVDI MB EU cars coverage

It supports most European cars, such as Renault, VAG, Ford, BMW, PSA, Fiat and more.

VVDI full EU cars coverage

It can work with VVDI MB and VVDI Super Chip to program keys for European cars. Some of the supported cars are Renault, VAG, Ford, Mercedes, BMW, PSA, Fiat, etc


Ultimately, the choice of key programmers depends on both your budget and specific requirements.