How to Choose Autel IM608 & Xhorse VVDI Key Tool Plus?

Autel MaxiIM IM608 & Xhorse VVDI Key Tool Plus is the key programmer’s top 2 sellers in 2021. The most frequently asked questions from customers are: Which is better? How should I choose? This article is aimed to find the most suitable one for you.

Autel IM608 vs. Xhorse Key Tool Plus Comparison

Item Autel IM608 Pro (IM608+XP400 Pro) Xhorse VVDI Key Tool Plus
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Ford 2019-2020:

1. Add key.

2. All key lost.

Support No support
GM 2018-:

Add key, read PIN by OBD

Support No support
Chrysler 2018-2020:

Add key.

Support Partially support
Mercedes Benz:

Add key, all key lost.

3rd IMMO support 3rd IMMO support
BMW:

All key lost, other IMMO system functions.

Support Support
VW:

Add keys, all key lost.

Support Support
Toyota:

8A mechanical all key lost.

Partially support, require an emulator Partially support, DO NOT require an emulator
Honda 2019-:

All key lost.

Partially support No support
Hyundai 2018-2021:

1. Add key;

2. 4A, 8A smart card.

Support Partially support
China-made: 2020 of some brands Support No support
Keytool Partially support Support
EEPROM Support Support
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Autel MaxiIM IM608 Advantage
1. Covering much wider car models.
2. Featured with professional diagnostic software, support full system diagnosis.
3. Including 23 maintenance services.
4. Better in key programming for Ford, GM, Chrysler, Toyota, Honda, Hyundai, Chinese cars, etc.
5. Support odometer correction.
6. Additional J2534 reprogramming, key programming & multi-line OEM diagnostics functions.
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Tip: Buy Autel IM508 + XP400 Pro is the most cost-effective combination, same IMMO functions as Autel IM608 Pro.
Xhorse Key Tool Plus Advantage
1. Better to do Keytool functions like precoding key, transponder clone, generate remote.
2. Latest hardware configuration, high compatibility, allows to be combined with other Xhorse tools.
3. Support to cut keys via connecting with Xhorse Key Cutting Machine.
4. Faster online password calculation speed for programming Mercedes Benz.
5. Good for VAG.
6. Free update online.
Autel MaxiIM IM608 Shortage
1. Need to pay a yearly fee to do online functions or update if expired(free 1 year).
2. New function development depends on new hardware released if possible.
Xhorse Key Tool Plus Shortage
1. Need tokens to do online password calculation for ID48 & Mercedes Benz.
2. Car coverage & performance are at a medium level, which is still far from IM508, IM608, IM608 Pro.
Conclusion
Autel IM608 is very suitable for locksmiths to start key programming and learning. It covers a wider car range, full system diagnosis, and 23 special functions. It is a professional key programmer which can meet everyday use.
Xhorse Key Tool Plus is a newer key programming tool in hardware. Although its overall functions are not as many as IM608 at present. But it can be added more car models and adapters in the future. It’s clearly catching up soon. Cause Xhorse has more appropriate tools for diagnosis & programming: VVDI2, VVDI PROG.
No one tool is enough, you’ll always need more.
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