Could it soon be taken over by second place BLACK as it gains in popularity?


Silver retains its top spot as the UK’s favourite car colour, as more than a fifth of cars on the road are painted silver, however despite it being the long-term colour leader in the UK for some time now, it may lose its crown soon to second place – black.

The latest DVLA data has been analysed by RAC Insurance (up to the third quarter of 2017), where it was discovered that silver has kept its top spot for a little while longer despite a 3% drop of 205,326 models – it’s overall tally still managed to reach 6.6 million.

The top three colours are made up of black in second place and looking as though it could give silver a run for its money, followed by blue which of course comes in a variety of shades.

Could it soon be taken over by second place BLACK as it gains in popularity?

SILVER retains its top spot as the UK’s favourite car colour © Copyright Jaggery and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.


Second place black is creeping up behind top spot following a 7% increase in popularity taking it to 6.4 million, or 20% of cars on the road.

The colour blue saw a 2% growth to 5.8 million cars, representing 18% of total vehicles on the road.

Coming up in fourth, fifth and sixth place and still managing to have 3 million cars out on the roads like the top three were grey (4.3m), white (3.6m) and red (3.4m).

White cars it seems are growing in popularity, recording a 27% increase compared to figures in early 2016.

However, the colour that’s gained the most ground in terms of a percentage is cream/ivory – increasing by a whopping 36% since the beginning of 2016.

Figures for multi-coloured cars have stayed pretty much the same 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 RAC Insurance spokesman Simon Williams.


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