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Black is back as UK’s favourite car colour


As we are buying so many used cars from the UK these days, it may interest you that over half a million new black cars (515,970 or 20.3 per cent of total new car sales) were sold last year. As a result, white was knocked off the top spot it held for the previous four years (2013 to 2016). Black was previously the top seller from 2009 to 2012.

Figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) revealed the top three most popular colours in 2017 were black, followed by grey (19.7%), and in third place came white (19%). These three colours accounted for 59 per cent of new cars sold in the UK in 2017.

Black was the most popular new car colour in the UK in 2017.

If you add the next three: Blue (16%); Silver (10%); Red (9.9%), which account for a further 36 per cent between them, the top six colours account for circa 95 per cent of all new cars sold in the UK last year.

While black has regained the top spot, it was Grey that recorded the biggest growth in the 2017. It gained 2.4 per cent. Interesting too that while silver was the most popular colour on new cars in the UK from 2000 to 2008, but in 2017 it is down to fifth place, with 10 per cent share – 254,192 silver cars sold.

The UK’s most popular car paint colours in 2017 were Black (20.3%); Grey (19.7%); White (19%); Blue (16%); Silver (10%); Red (9.9%); Green (1.1%); Orange (0.8%); Bronze (0.5% and a new entrant); and Yellow (0.4%). Brown has dropped out of the top ten list.

If you delve a bit deeper in to the figures, you can find what were the most popular colours on the ten best-selling cars in the UK last year. They were:Ford Fiesta – Blue; 2. Volkswagen Golf – Grey; 3. Ford Focus – Blue; 4. Nissan Qashqai – Black; 5. Vauxhall (Opel here) Corsa – Grey; 6. Vauxhall Astra – Black; 7. Volkswagen Polo – Black; 8. Mini – Grey; 9. Mercedes-Benz C-Class – Black; and 10. Mercedes A-Class – Black.