Silver still tops the car colour podium

Silver is still the most popular colour among the 30m-plus cars on the UK’s roads, but may be starting to lose its place as the nation’s favourite choice as white becomes ever more prevalent.

New DVLA data requested by RAC Cars showed that 22.5% of cars were silver at the end of the first quarter of 2016 compared to 25.4% in 2013. Nevertheless, there are still nearly one million more silver cars on the road than its nearest rival – black, which has held its popularity fairly consistently over the last three years.

Blue has also fallen out of favour with motorists. It's share of cars in use has decreased from 21% in 2013 to 18.6% this year.

While white remains in sixth spot, its percentage share of cars has grown dramatically from just 5% in 2013 to over 9% now.

The findings confirm why so many families play the yellow car spotting game when travelling up and down the country’s roads as there are just 172,297 to find. Perhaps, though, pink and multi-coloured cars should be included in the game as well, since they are the least popular on the road with just 17,860 and 7,431 respectively.

Rank Colour Number of cars % of all cars
2013 Change
1 Silver/aluminium 6,841,315 22.5% 25.4% -7.0%
2 Black 5,915,527 19.4% 18.1% +13.0%
3 Blue 5,689,516 18.7% 20.8% -5.0%
4 Grey 3,710,965 12.2% 10.7% +21.0%
5 Red 3,237,326 10.6% 10.8% +4.0%
6 White 2,833,084 9.3% 5.1% +91.0%
7 Green 1,066,496 3.5% 5.3% -30.0%
8 Beige/Buff 235,683 0.8% 0.8% +0.0%
9 Yellow 172,297 0.6% 0.6% -3.0%
10 Brown 169,656 0.6% 0.3% +84.0%

“Some people can be very particular or superstitious about the colour of their cars, always having to have the same colour whereas others are clearly influenced more by fashion,” RAC Cars’ Pete Williams said. “White is very much the colour of the moment, which is why it’s rising up the rankings, but it has a long way to go before it becomes as popular as silver, black and blue. It will be interesting to see how long this trend in new cars lasts.”