When it comes to picking a car, colour is always an important factor whether you like to admit it or not. Not only do we want our cars to look great, we’d like them to stand out and be a bit different. This typically means avoiding the most popular colours or even trying to personalise your choice with decals.

If you’re looking to buy a new car and want to know what the most popular car colours are, then here you go. In rank order:


With nearly a quarter of the UK market, white is the nation’s favourite car colour after a surge in popularity since 2008. This colour scheme’s popularity goes hand-in-hand with many of the new manufacturer’s designs, giving it a cool, crisp, clean feel that can keep your car looking new for much longer than other colours. 

In silver medal place is… silver, ironic or deserved? This rather basic colour is a favourite of rental companies, business cars and people who don’t like to be the centre of attention alike. There are many benefits to a silver car, including the fact that they never seem to get as dirty as other colours. 

Probably as close as you can come to a little black dress is a little (or big) black car. This sleek, sophisticated and stylish colour can make even the most basic model of car look classy. While it may not be right for everyone, a large percentage of UK cars are black so it clearly has a huge following behind it. 

A tricky one as you’ll find such a diverse pallet of blue cars on the road, but this has planted it firmly in fourth place. You’ll see everything from sky and electric blue through to navy and even the much darker midnight blue in this spectrum. While this isn’t exactly an ‘out there’ colour, it’s probably the first one on this list that offers something a little bit different. 

Red has fallen a long way since its heyday in the late 90s early 00s, but it still finds itself firmly planted at fifth position. There were rumours that having a red car would increase insurance premiums or make you a more aggressive driver, but there was never any proof attached to these claims. Perhaps people were just scared of having a bright red car as it would stand out too much against a sea of white, black and silver. 

Another colour with a huge range of shades, from classic British racing green to a zesty lime, green cars really do stand out. Despite being on this list of the most popular colours, they’re very rarely seen compared to the other colours listed above. If you want an awesome colour that will definitely make your car stand out without having to go into personalisation then this could well be it. 

Remember those brown and beige cars from the 1970s and 80s? Well, it turns out there is a surprisingly large percentage of people still buying them! Granted they make up less than 10% of the UK market, but that’s still enough to make it one of the largest colour schemes available. Whether this includes maroon or not is up for debate, but it’s argued that this colour is still around as it is readily available on a wide range of vehicles. 

The remaining 3% of the market is made up of cars in a wide variety of colours, the most popular of which are yellow, purple and orange. Arguably the least popular colour is pink, with less than 0.5% of British cars featuring this colour.

If you’re looking for a car that will definitely make you stand out from the crowd, then these are the colours that you want to be looking at. You may have to look into aftermarket customisation or find a model that has these options when ordering from new. 
The MG3 2016 MY offers customers better fuel consumption, lower tax and an updated personalisation range which includes the launch of new colour combinations and roof colours. 

The supermini, which now benefits from a more economical 124g/km of CO₂ and a stop-start EU6 engine, also comes with a new chrome grille to complement the MG family face.

If you want a unique car that will really stand out from the crowd, then you’ll be pleased to hear that the MG3’s Red Rose and Hello Yellow paints are now available with selected roof colour combinations.