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Leaf ~ UK vs JDM

ඔබත් නිසාන් ලීෆ් විදුලි රථයක් ගන්න අදහස් කරනවානම් ප්‍රධාන තේරීම් දෙකක් තියනවා. ඒ JDM සහ UK විදියට. මේ වඩා හොඳ ජපන් ඩොමෙස්ටික් (JDM) මාදිලියද නැත්නම් UK ද කියන එකට වඩා ඔබට වඩාත් ගැලපෙන්නේ මොකද්ද කියන එක තීරණය කරගන්න උදව්වක්.

Here is our answer to one who wanted to make a purchase decision between three choices, ZE1 UK, JDM, and AZEO. …His daily travel need is from Negombo to Colombo which is beyond average.

The average daily driving distance in Sri Lanka is limited to just 22 km.

There are a few differences between the UK and Japan. What’s visible at once is the IC and head unit language is in English in the UK. But even the Japanese version controls will have English labeling except for four buttons, which you will get used to.

Change of the language can be done at a cost if required.


JDM cars are with aluminum panels including all doors and the hood, where the Sunderland UK plant builds with steel.

The UK will have a 6.6 kW onboard charger where the JDM will be only half of that. This will be an advantage if you decide to buy an L2 wall mount in addition to the travel charger supplied.

The JDM is having comfortable and high-quality fabric seating, where the leather (artificial) of the UK may not be ideal in the tropics. Some UK specs are with fabrics, advisable if you are adamant on UK.

The Bose branded audio with the subwoofer of the UK gives a premium feel and experience, still, the JDM sounds are not bad at all. SW disturbs the boot a bit though.

Purchasing & Financing

Even at buying, the Japanese auction system is a much more reliable one than the varying UK methodologies.

And there is a price difference of over half a million, which is not justifiable with the extras you get for many. Eg. a Similar specked G from Japan will be 5.4 and a Tekna may exceed 6M.

Furthermore, this difference will not be visible at the point of selling. Resale value matters.

Range and Charging

There are no differences between UK and Japan versions on the range. The ZE1 range in the city is circa 250 km for both, you may get 300 on road trips if you are a good and sensible driver. NEDC cycle confirms 264 Kms in standard conditions.

Do not charge at home fully, just do what you need for the next day. Cost depends of your tariff and solar.

Your travel is anyway within 100 km a day, you can buy a very good 2014 (or even late 2013) Leaf with no battery replacement needed for another year or more, fulfilling your need for long. (As at the point of writing in 2019)

Don’t fall for cheap with the idea of replacing the battery, if the current range doesn’t meet your needs for another year. Buy a one that meets your daily commute + 20%.

Trim comparison – 2012 – 2015 Gen 2

S / VisiaX / AcentaG / Tekna
Charge timerYYY
Climate timer Y Y Y
Heated seats/steering wheel Y Y Y
Electric folding mirrors Y Y Y
Bluetooth audio, handsfree Y Y
Reverse cameraOptionOption Y
CHAdeMO fast chargerOption*Y Y
Fog lightsOptionOptionY
B mode Y Y
Heat pump Y Y
Cruise controlY Y
LED low beam headlightsOption Y
Alloys16″ 17″
Auto headlight on/offOption Y
Parcel trayOption Y
Spoiler solar panel Y
Bose 7 speaker audioOption
360 surround camera systemOption
May vary subject to specific production lots

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