The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders’ (SMMT) latest figures have shown that grey is, for the third year in a row, the UK’s favourite new car colour. With over 397,190 grey cars registered in 2020, the shade accounts for just under a quarter of all new cars sold in the UK. 

A very monochrome top three, black and white took second and third place respectively. From 2009 to 2017 black or white held the top spot, with silver reigning for eight consecutive years previous. 

Red saw registrations hit a low of 147,222 – the worst tally for the colour since 1997, yet it still holds a spot in the top five, as it has for the past three years. The top ten new car colours in the UK haven’t altered vs 2019, other than yellow & bronze which switched places at the bottom of the top ten.

Unlike 2019, where Scotland and the Channel Islands went against the grain and had different favourite car colours from the rest of the UK, 2020 saw a unanimous liking of grey. However, some regions had their own favourites – car buyers on the Isle of Wight and the Scottish Borders favoured blue, where those in Strathclyde prefer white. The least popular colour, out of a total of 106 different car colours registered in 2020, was maroon. 

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