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Ross-Tech VCDS HEX-V2 USB Package (10 VIN)

Ross-Tech VCDS HEX-V2 USB package for VW, Audi, Seat, Skoda cars (1996 on, 10 VIN limit)

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HEX-V2® - The new generation VCDS® interface!

Serious car diagnostics interfaces for Volkswagen, Audi, Seat and Skoda models!

The Ross-Tech VCDS package (previously known as VAG-COM or VAGCOM) turns your PC into a sophisticated VW/Audi diagnostic tool, that performs the functions of a factory VAG scan tools for VW, Audi, Seat and Skoda cars.

The Ross-Tech HEX-V2® interface is the new generation wired interface for VCDS, designed to replace the HEX-USB+CAN and Micro-CAN products.

The HEX-V2 is based on the technology of Ross-Tech's revolutionary HEX-NET® interface, which was completely re-designed from the ground up to be faster, more secure and more versatile. The HEX-NET and HEX-V2 are the fastest interfaces Ross-Tech have ever sold. They can perform Auto-Scans on 2005 and later models up to 3 times faster than the HEX-USB+CAN interface.

The HEX-V2 is a wired USB interface, for the most reliable connections, but now features a user-replaceable USB cable.
Ross-Tech HEX-V2 - User replaceable USB cable

The HEX-V2 is available in 3 versions:
  • A "home user" version, with which use of advanced functions is limited to connection to 3 unique vehicles (3 VINs) - see VIN limits section below.
    Ideal for a household with one or two VAG cars to look after.
  • An "enthusiast" version, with which use of advanced functions is limited to connection to 10 unique vehicles (10 VINs) - see VIN limits section below.
    Ideal for hobbyists working on a number of VAG cars.
  • A "professional" unlimited version, which may be used on as many cars as you wish.
    If you are in the motor trade, you should consider this package or the HEX-NET.

This product is the enthusiast (10-VIN) version and may only be used for advanced functions on 10 cars.
For home use, please see the 3-VIN package.
For professional use, please see the Unlimited package.

VIN Limits

Only some VCDS functions are restricted to use on a specific number of cars on the 3 and 10-VIN limited interfaces. Basic functions may be used on as many cars as you wish:

Unlimited functions

A VIN-Limited interface can do Auto-Scans, Clear DTCs, and look at Measuring Values on an unlimited number of cars.
If you directly connect to a control module (e.g. Select > 01. Engine), or use the 'Clear All DTCs' function, VCDS will ask if you wish to store the VIN, but selecting Cancel will still allow the function to continue.

Limited functions

Essentially functions that actually change things in the car are VIN-limited:

VCDS will never count a VIN toward the license limit without the user's explicit permission.
It will always ask you first, thereby giving you the opportunity to decline to "register" a VIN in the interface.

For more information on VIN limits please see this VIN FAQ on the Ross-Tech forums.

VCDS Software Information

Using VCDS on a Windows PC, you can:
  • read and clear fault codes from all systems within the car, e.g. engine, airbag, ABS, instruments, parking sensors etc.
  • view live data from the sensors within the car
  • reset service lights (both fixed and variable service intervals)
  • read stored and intermittent fault codes
  • graph and log live data with the car running
  • automatically read fault codes from all car systems in a single search
  • perform basic setting functions, adaptations and soft coding
  • activate service functions, such as Electronic Park Brake (EPB) to allow brake pad changes
  • supports bi-directional output test and component actuation
VCDS software features:
  • over 25,000 fault code definitions
  • free software updates

HEX-V2 Interface Information

Official VCDS HEX-V2 interfaces from Ross Tech LLC, that work with:
  • VW/Audi/Seat/Skoda cars with the 16-pin diagnostic socket including models using CAN and UDS/ODX protocols (i.e. almost all from 1995 to Current Model Year)
  • Pre-1995 VW/Audi cars, when used with an additional 2x2 adapter (not included)

Important Coverage Notes:

  • Many 2020 and newer model year VAG vehicles are fitted with an SFD diagnostic firewall, which prevents full function coverage without a security token obtained from VW.
    For more details see our SFD help page.

  • The HEX-V2 packages do NOT offer Lamborghini coverage, which is only available with the HEX-NET.

  • Coverage for the Mk1 Volkswagen Crafter / LT3 (2006-2017 model, 2E/2F chassis) is not as comprehensive as other VAG models, as the diagnostics systems are based on the Mercedes Sprinter.
    Ross-Tech have some function information on this page, but if you require coverage for a specific function we would recommend posting a question on the Ross-Tech forums (including the VIN of the vehicle) before purchasing to check support.

  • VCDS does not support the new Volkswagen Amarok (VW Amarok MK2) 2022 onwards. This is a Ford-based vehicle and requires Ford diagnostic software, such as FCOM

Package contents

Packages include:
  • Genuine Ross-Tech VCDS HEX-V2 interface
  • USB link cable
  • VCDS HEX-V2 'Quick Start' Guide
  • VCDS Software updates at no additional charge
  • Foam lined hard plastic carry case
Please note that the HEX-V2 interface does not ship with software on CD - the full, licensed version of the software can be downloaded on receipt of the interface (full details provided with interface)

Buy with confidence - Gendan Ltd are an official VCDS UK distributor

PC requirements

The minimum system requirements for the VCDS software are:
  • Desktop, laptop or notebook PC
  • 1 GHz dual-core processor
  • 1 GB RAM
  • Windows Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 (32 and 64 bit editions)
  • Approx. 200MB of hard disk space
  • USB port
Slower computers or Windows 2000, XP, Vista and 7 may work but are not officially supported.

More information

To visit the Ross Tech website for more information, please select an option below:
"Ross-Tech", "HEX-V2", "VCDS" and the VCDS logo are registered trademarks of Ross-Tech, LLC in the USA, used with permission.
Gendan Limited are an authorised distributor of Ross-Tech products in the United Kingdom.
Our VCDS interfaces are supplied to us direct by Ross-Tech LLC in Lansdale, PA, USA.

Product comparison

Below is a comparison of the VCDS packages we offer.

Please click a product link to view more information on the required product.

Package Name HEX-V2® USB HEX-NET®
Home user Enthusiast Professional Enthusiast Professional
VIN Limit (help!) 3-VIN 10-VIN Unlimited 10-VIN Unlimted
Price including fully-registered VCDS software
(inc VAT and delivery)
Interface only:
With case:
'Plus' bundle:
With case:
'Plus' bundle:
With case:
'Power' bundle:
With case:
With case:
'Plus' bundle:
Connection to PC USB USB/Wi-Fi
Coverage Years Interface only / with case: 1996-Current date;
Plus / Power bundles: 1992-Current date
Recommended for Professional Use
VCDS-Mobile included
Compatible platforms Windows VCDS: Windows

VCDS-Mobile: Platform independent
Supports dual
K-Line (2002+ Audi A4, A6 models)
Supports VW Crafter Mk1 (2006-2017)
(Partial support)
(Partial support)
Supports VW Crafter Mk2 (2017-on)
Supports Lamborghini models
Acts as a "dongle" for VAG-COM, No "Software Activation" required
(Registration required)
(Registration required)
Protection from the "Aftermarket Radio Problem"
Status/Activity LED
4 colour
Multiple LEDs
Supports cars which require a direct CAN connection
Supports Diagnostic Over IP (DOIP) connection
(Blue 'HN2' interfaces)
Field Upgradeable Firmware in Interface
"Turbo" Mode for Measuring Blocks on newer KWP-2000 ECUs
'2x2' adaptor lead for pre-1996 VW & Audi included
(in Plus / Power bundles)
Adaptor lead for VW LT van included
(in Power Bundle)
(in Plus Bundle)
3 metre USB extension lead included
(in Plus / Power bundles)
20cm OBD-II Extensiom cable included
(in Plus Bundle)
Hard plastic carry case included
(except 'no case' version)

Frequently asked questions

Our most frequently asked questions about VCDS are answered below:

Will it work on MacOS / Linux / iOS / Android?

No, the VCDS desktop program is Windows software, for Windows 7 or newer.
If you wish to use another device consider the HEX-NET® interfaces. The HEX-NET can be used wirelessly through the VCDS-Mobile® software with any modern Wi-Fi enabled computer, tablet or smartphone.

What happened to the HEX-USB / Micro-CAN interfaces?

The HEX-USB interface had been in use by Ross-Tech since 2004, updating to support new vehicles and protocols via firmware updates. In 2016 Audi introduced some new systems which for the first time Ross-Tech were unable to support with the hardware in that cable. The new generation HEX-NET and HEX-V2® interfaces are able to support these models and are firmware upgradeable to support future changes.

Why are the new cables VIN limited?

Ross-Tech have always wanted to offer the same level of coverage to home users and garage owners alike, but don't think it's fair for a home user working on one car in their spare time to have to pay the same as a garage who are using the product every day on customer cars and making money from its use. The advent of cars offering their VIN (chassis number) electronically has given them a way of tailoring the cost to the way the product is used. Uwe from Ross-Tech has explained it more fully in the VIN limit FAQ here.

What is restricted by VIN limits?

You can still run an Auto Scan, read & clear fault codes and view live sensor data from as many cars as you like.
(If you directly connect to a control module (e.g. Select > 01. Engine), or use the 'Clear All DTCs' function, VCDS will ask if you wish to store the VIN, but selecting Cancel will still allow the connection to continue).
It is only when you try to use any more advanced functions that VCDS will ask if you wish to store the car's VIN (and it will always ask you first, before using one of your VIN allocations).
Again, for more details see the VIN limit FAQ here.

What happens if I need more VINs?

When you store a VIN it is added permanently and cannot be removed. You can however upgrade your interface's license from 3-VIN to 10-VIN and from 10-VIN to unlimited.
The upgrades are 169 each (including VAT) and are available here.

Can I upgrade my HEX-USB+CAN to a new generation interface?

If you have registered your HEX-USB+CAN interface with Ross-Tech and are "in good standing" with them, Ross-Tech do offer upgrade paths to the HEX-V2 unlimited or HEX-NET unlimited packages, which we can usually offer on their behalf.
This is only available on interfaces assembled by Ross-Tech in the USA (some resellers build their own interfaces under license and are not eligible for the upgrade scheme).
If you would like to upgrade your interface, please contact us, with the serial number (HCxxxxxx) of your interface.

Software updates

As with previous Ross-Tech products, software updates are free for the life of the cable with HEX-V2 interfaces.
However, the HEX-V2 interface may only be used a limited number of times before you must register it (for free) with Ross-Tech.
A "use" is a connection to any control module, so you may need to register it after running your first Auto-Scan.

To register your interface simply follow the instructions in this video from Ross-Tech:

The VCDS software installed on your PC will automatically inform you when software updates are available, and will offer to install the update itself.

You will also need to update the "firmware" of the interface cable though - this is the operating software stored inside the interface itself.
Ross-Tech recommend checking for firmware updates at least once a month, and after any VCDS software update.
To check for firmware updates, follow the instructions in this video:

Product reviews

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5 customers have reviewed this product so far, with an average score of 5/5
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Review submitted on 23/05/2024 by [name withheld]
An excellent and comprehensive diagnostics tool for VAG vehicles. I was impressed with the ease of purchase and the efficiency of Gendan. They kept me informed every step of the way. The delivery was super fast - I ordered in the afternoon and the product was delivered before 11am the next day.

Review submitted on 20/12/2022 by Matthew Fox
This is without doubt a great bit of kit and has already paid for itself by the savings I have made in diagnosing and clearing faults/fault codes, and that is just on my car and the A3 my wife bought. I took it with us when we test drove and it told us of several faults, which although minor would have totalled over 750 to fix, so were used as a barganing tool.
Overall Excellent and easy to use.

Review submitted on 17/05/2021 by [name withheld]
I bought this on advice from the forum and have to say that even for an old nougat like me its a brilliant tool. Cleared several faults the first time I used it. Delivery was very quick, and well packaged. Cant recommend both it and Gendan highly enough.

Review submitted on 20/04/2021 by Jeff
Spent quite a while researching VCDS from Ross-Tech. There are many so called VCDS cables with software out there on auction sites but, many are cloned copies.
I decided to bite the bullet, and buy the real thing which has full support from Gendan and Ross-Tech, Plus free updates.
I bought the HEX V2,..10 vin bundle version which includes the twin plug cable for very early diagnostic systems and a USB flash drive which loads all the software onto the laptop in seconds.
I can upgrade to the unlimited version anytime.

The package came the next day before 11AM and was in use by midday. In addition were also 2 packets of Haribos. Nom nom.

Well done Genden, who also quickly answered a question about loading the software.

Well done.

Review submitted on 27/07/2020 by Papa Bear
Ordered the VCDS Hex V2, 10 vin to make changes to my VW Caddy, was recommended from the Caddy2k forum and was not disappointed. I ve added cruise control, auxiliary heater and a few minor tweaks and will be adding mfsw soon. It would have cost me more than the purchase price to have these done at a garage and I still have 9 vin licences to use in helping other people. The Ross tech product and forum are fantastic.

Now for the purchasing experience from Gendan, I don't often leave reviews but the experience I had has made me. I have never been so pleased, amused and impressed by a company as I was with Gendan. The order process was seamless, the speed was super quick and the communication from them was not only helpful but made us laugh. Not often a company has a good sense of humour as well as good service. Plus the Haribo hidden in the free carry case (birthday bonus) were taken from me and greatly enjoyed.

Thank you and keep up the great work!

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