Silver is Britain’s favourite car colour but black is catching up

23rd April 2018

Mmm silver!

Cars in Britain are more likely to be silver than any other colour, according to the latest figures from the DVLA.

The shiny shade accounted for 21 per cent of cars on UK roads during the third quarter of 2017, totalling 6.6 million, despite the number of silver cars dropping by three per cent between Q1 2016 and Q3 2017.

Silver was marginally ahead of black, which represented 20 per cent of Britain’s cars with 6.4 million, while blue ranked third, making up 18 per cent of the UK car parc with 5.7 million.

Outside of the dominant top three, grey was the most common colour, with 4.2 million cars or 13 per cent of the UK total, followed by white and red with 11 per cent (or 3.6 and 3.4 million cars respectively).

Percentages plummeted again from sixth to seventh with green accounting for three per cent. The top ten was completed by beige, brown and yellow with one per cent each.

Cream/ivory was the fastest mover in terms of percentage increase, enjoying a 36 per cent rise from 19,321 cars in Q1 2016 to 26,354 in Q3 2017.

That said, this only makes it 17th out of 19 colours recorded by the DVLA. The number of multi-coloured cars remain broadly unchanged at 7,702.

“Silver is still hanging on to its title of being the most popular car colour in Britain, but black is catching up fast and may well overtake very soon,” said a spokesman for RAC Insurance.

“Blue – in its various shades – remains consistently popular but has lost ground on surging black. White is the fastest growing of the really mass appeal car colours as it continues to race up the popularity rankings, now leapfrogging its rival red into fifth.”

Ellie Baker, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, added: “Brits are drawn to colours like silver and black because they usually look smart on any model and they’re unlikely to spark any negative reactions when they’re sold on.”

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