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What is the nations favourite car colour?

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Chloe Martell

January 29, 2019

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When choosing a new car there are many things we look for. For some, it’s how big the engine is or how much it will cost to insure. Whatever your priority for choosing a car may be, there is one thing we all ask ourselves – what colour do I want? 2018 saw a change to the most popular car colours so we’re taking a look at the top 10 according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT)*



There were 9,303 registered Beige cars in 2018. Even though it is the least popular colour in our top 10, it’s also the first time the colour has appeared in the top 10 list since 2014! It may not be the most chosen colour of 2018, but maybe 2019 is the year we all opt for a beige car?


Taking the 9th spot and with only 9,690 cars registered in this colour is bronze, losing 0.1% of the market share from 2017. Now I don’t know about you, but I think a bronze car sounds pretty cool – if not a little too flashy for my taste.




Next and quite a big jump away from number 9 is green. The UK saw 21,167 green cars registered in 2018 which whilst it’s a lot, is 0.2% less than the year before! Looks like the green trend is on a decline.


Green cars may not be our thing anymore, but Orange cars are on the up, with over 26,000 of them being registered last year. This saw an increase of 0.4% from 2017! And we promise it’s not just us spreading the Marmalade colour throughout the UK!




Over the last 20 years, silver cars have been on the top spot for nearly half of that time, however, 2018 has seen this colour drop by 0.7% and therefore taking the 6th spot. Surely silver isn’t too jazzy for us?!


Too adventurous for some and perfect for others and taking 10% of the market share, red cars take 5th spot with over 236,000 of them being registered last year.

According to colour psychologist Angela Wright** red cars represent strength and power, raises blood pressure and gets people excited! It’s also more likely the boys opting for red cars in her opinion!



Once our favourite coloured cars and taking the top spot from 97 – 99, blue has been dropping down since the early 2000s and has now landed itself in 4th place.

Colour psychologist Angela Wright** says that blue cars are chosen because they provide logic, clarity and help soothe the mind. “If you buy blue then you are perhaps unconsciously craving something sensible in your life, and you’re more likely to be a cautious driver”




Clean, cool and sophisticated – white takes third place. Having spent 4 years as our favourite, it seems like as a nation we’ve finally realised that dirt shows up on a white car pretty well! Are we just getting lazier when it comes to car cleaning?


Last year’s favourite and just missing out on the top spot is black! It’s been quite a change in car colour favourites too it seems, as black fell 7.3% in the number of registrations from 2017!

Wright says if you own a black car, you want to be safe and secure which much like blue, we think is a good thing to want when you’re driving.



Let’s just combine two and three for the top spot, shall we? As adventurous as ever, we Brits have spoken and we love grey cars more than any other colour! The image below from SMMT shows how far along grey cars have come. From being in 5th place in 2003, grey cars have slowly but surely become more popular over the years and have finally taken the top spot to be the UK’s favourite car colour!

Wright has said grey cars represent austerity, hibernation and bad weather which pretty much sums us up I’d say!

What is the nations favourite car colour?

If you’re in the market for a new car, it can be hard choosing the perfect colour for you but it’s also important to remember that the colour is not the only factor you need to consider. Whether you’re up for racy red or a basic but popular grey, remember to also check the costs, running costs, safety aspects, and insurance prices before parting with your cash for your next motor.

*Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT)

**BBC Newsbeat report ‘What does the colour of your car say about you?

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