UK’s most popular new car colour: Grey

A selection of colours

Wondering which paint colour to choose for your new car? According to Motoring Research, monochrome is rife on UK roads, with grey coming in top for most popular new car colour in 2022.

One of Britain’s favourite new car colours will surprise you though, having seen a 74.2% uplift in sales since 2021. Think you can guess it?

Paint the town grey 

For the fifth year in a row, grey takes the title of ‘most popular new car colour’. 2022 saw 415,199 new grey cars sold, making up 25.7% of the total new cars sold last year.

Other monochrome colours also took precedence in new vehicle sales, with black paint claiming 20.1% of the share and white 16.7%. 

This means more than 6 in 10 new cars sold in 2022 were either grey, black, or white.

Make way for green 

Of the top 10 favourite car colours for 2022, the most surprising ranking is green, coming in seventh place and claiming 1.9% of the market share.

Interestingly, silver car paint has taken a dive in popularity. 2022 reflects its lowest market share in two decades; at just 6.1%.

Top 10 new car colours of 2022:

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

“Car colour choice theoretically proclaims something about who we are as drivers,” said SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes.

“Buying a new car today comes with many possibilities to customise your vehicle to match.”

“While the most popular shades remain unchanged for 2022, for those looking to ensure their vehicle stands out from the crowd, there remains a huge variety of colour choices from across the rainbow available to suit every character.”

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