Colour may not be the most practical consideration when you’re purchasing a new car, but it’s an extremely important factor for many buyers.

According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), the most popular new car colour last year was grey, which held on to the top spot after claiming it for the first time in 2018.

Grey all the way

The SMMT revealed that the number of grey cars registered in 2019 increased by 5.3 per cent to 521,273, with more than one in five new automobiles (23 per cent) sold last year painted this shade.

Black and white were the second and third most popular options respectively, despite a slight decrease in registrations of cars in both of these colours.

Here’s the top ten in full:

  1. Grey
  2. Black
  3. White
  4. Blue
  5. Red
  6. Silver
  7. Orange
  8. Green
  9. Bronze
  10. Yellow

At the other end of the scale, the least popular new car colours were maroon, cream and pink, which accounted for less than one per cent of all registrations.

The SMMT also provided a list of last year’s ten most popular cars in the UK by colour:

  1. Ford Fiesta – blue
  2. Volkswagen Golf – grey
  3. Ford Focus – blue
  4. Vauxhall Corsa – white
  5. Mercedes A-Class – black
  6. Nissan Qashqai – grey
  7. Ford Kuga – black
  8. MINI – grey
  9. Volkswagen Polo – black
  10. Kia Sportage – grey

Mike Hawes, chief executive of the trade body, said modern buyers are in the fortunate position of having “more possibilities to personalise your car than ever before”.

“There really is something to suit every driving need – and colour taste – on the market in 2020.”

Heather Stark, brand manager at The Fuelcard People, comments: “With grey, black and white proving so dominant in the car colour stakes, it’s clear British drivers prefer the sleek and stylish look when they’re on the road. And we’re not surprised to see that pink cars weren’t all that popular in 2019!”

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