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Grey is Britain’s most popular new car colour for 2019


Grey has cemented its position as Britain’s most popular new car colour, with more than half a million models specced in that tone in 2019.

It was chosen for almost a quarter of new cars bought last year, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders – outselling black by more than 50,000 vehicles.

However, this decision would likely have come at a cost to new car buyers, with This is Money finding that grey paint can cost in the region of £500 to £750 extra for the most popular models of the previous 12 months.

Cemented: Grey was the most chosen colour for new cars last year, with more than half a million specified in this tone in 2019

Some 521,273 new motors that left showrooms in 2019 were grey, the official figures revealed. 

The Volkswagen Golf was officially the most-chosen model to be painted grey, records show.

Black was in second place with 466,276 cars, accounting for one in five new vehicles leaving dealer forecourts.

In third spot was white, representing 18 per cent of all new models and a total of 414.403 sales.

It means, rather blandly, that three out of five cars joining UK roads last term were shades of monochrome.

The numbers also show the recent shift in new vehicle colour preferences over the last decade, with black being most popular from 2009 to 2012, followed by an unprecedented popularity of white motors.

The white car phenomenon had previously been put down to the popularity of tech devices like Apple products, but also car makers’ preference to offer white as a no-cost paint option on new models. 

White quickly started to fall down the pecking order when many manufacturers chose to remove it as a free paint option in hope that buyers would pay extra to remain fashionable.

The top five most popular colours for new cars in 2019 was completed by blue and red in fourth and fifth respectively.

The only new entrant in the top 10 was yellow, which replaced beige in tenth place.

Maroon, cream and pink were the most unpopular new car colours last year, taking a combined market share of less than 1%.

Rather blandly, 3 in 5 cars joining UK roads last term were shades of monochrome, the SMMT stats show

Rather blandly, 3 in 5 cars joining UK roads last term were shades of monochrome, the SMMT stats show

SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes said: ‘For most buyers, the colour is the first of many options they’ll select on their new car, and today there are more possibilities to personalise your car than ever before.

‘Drivers can choose from many hundreds of models equipped with the latest low and zero-emission powertrains, advanced safety and connected tech and exciting comfort and convenience features.

‘There really is something to suit every driving need – and colour taste – on the market in 2020.’

New car sales declined by 2.4 per cent in 2019, with the industry blaming a number of issues including weak business and consumer confidence, political and economic instability, and confusion over clean air zones.

Grey might be the most popular colour but it isn’t the cheapest (and is rarely a free paint option)…

Choosing a grey car will cost you extra money, according to some number crunching by This is Money.

To work out how much the majority of motorists were spending on having a car painted grey, we used the top 10 best-selling motors of last year and reviewed how much each manufacturer is charging for the different tones of that colour.

We also listed which colours were free for each of the most popular new cars of 2019.

The top 10 colours by car for 2019

The top 10 cars and the most-chosen colour for each in 2019

These tables from the SMMT show the colour trends for new cars in 2019 in the UK

And because the SMMT provides a chart of the most chosen colour for the nation’s 10 best-selling models, we’ve also listed how much extra it would have cost buyers last year to have the most picked palette.

For instance, the most popular car of last year, the Ford Fiesta, only has one grey tone called Milano Grigio that you can only have on a top-of-the-range Vignale model. It will cost an extra £500.

The Fiesta only has one no-cost colour option – a non-metallic red.

Blue was the most chosen colour for Fiesta buyers last year, the SMMT, says, which would have cost owners an extra £500 to £750 depending on which of the three blue options available they went for.

Here’s a rundown of the top 10 cars and the cost associated to have them in the most popular colours: 

You can only get a Fiesta Vignale in Milano Grigio - a combination of grey and beige - but for an extra £500

You can only get a Fiesta Vignale in Milano Grigio – a combination of grey and beige – but for an extra £500

1. Ford Fiesta – 77,833 registrations

Grey paint options: Milano Grigio (£500, but only available on Vignale model)

Free paint colour(s): Race Red

Most popular colour and price: Blue 

Chrome Blue (£500), Desert Island Blue (£650), Ford Performance Blue (£750, but only available for ST models) 

2. Volkswagen Golf, 58,994 registrations

Paint information not available due to imminent arrival of new Mk8 Golf

3. Ford Focus, 56,619 registrations

Grey paint options: n/a

Free paint colour(s): Race Red

Most popular colour and price: Blue

Chrome Blue (£550), Desert Island Blue (£700), For Performance Blue (£800, but only available on ST models)

This Moonstone Grey option is an extra £565 if you want a Vauxhall Corsa in the tone

This Moonstone Grey option is an extra £565 if you want a Vauxhall Corsa in the tone

4. Vauxhall Corsa, 54,239 registrations

Grey paint options: Quarts Grey (£565), Moonstone Grey (£565) 

Free paint colour(s): n/a 

Most popular colour and price: White

Summit White (£340) 

This is what £595 metallic Mountain Grey paint looks like for the Mercedes-Benz A-Class hatchback

This is what £595 metallic Mountain Grey paint looks like for the Mercedes-Benz A-Class hatchback

5. Mercedes-Benz A-Class, 53,724 registrations

Grey paint options: Mountain Grey Metallic (£595)

Free paint colour(s): Polar White

Most popular colour and price: Black

Cosmos Black Metallic (£595)

Gun Metallic is the only grey option on Qashqai models - it was also the most popular, despite being an optional £575 extra

Gun Metallic is the only grey option on Qashqai models – it was also the most popular, despite being an optional £575 extra

6. Nissan Qashqai, 52,532 registrations

Grey paint options: Gun Metallic (£575)

Free paint colour(s): Flame Red

Most popular colour and price: Grey

Gun Metallic (£575)

Magentic grey paint for new Ford Kuga is a whopping £750 - the priciest in this list

Magentic grey paint for new Ford Kuga is a whopping £750 – the priciest in this list

7. Ford Kuga, 47,671 registrations

Grey paint options: Magnetic (£750)

Free paint colour(s): Blazer Blue

Most popular colour and price: Black 

Agathe Black (£600)

There are two grey options for the Mini Hatchback. Both cost the same - £525 extra for a 5-door model

There are two grey options for the Mini Hatchback. Both cost the same – £525 extra for a 5-door model

8. Mini Hatchback, 41,188 registrations

Grey paint options: Moonwalk Grey (£525), Emerald Grey (£525)

Free paint colour(s): Pepper White

Most popular colour and price: Grey

Moonwalk Grey (£525), Emerald Grey (£525) 

The VW Polo is the only model in this top 10 best sellers list that has grey as a no-cost paint option, Urano Grey (pictured). Limestone Grey Metallic costs £570 extra

The VW Polo is the only model in this top 10 best sellers list that has grey as a no-cost paint option, Urano Grey (pictured). Limestone Grey Metallic costs £570 extra

9. Volkswagen Polo, 37,453 registrations

Grey paint options: Urano Grey (free), Limestone Grey Metallic (£570)

Free paint colour(s): Urano Grey

Most popular colour and price: Black

Deep Black Pearl (£570) 

A Kia Sportage painted in Pental Metal grey will cost an extra £615

A Kia Sportage painted in Pental Metal grey will cost an extra £615

10. Kia Sportage, 34,503 registrations

Grey paint options: Dark Penta Metal (£615)

Free paint colour(s): Copper Stone

Most popular colour and price: Grey

Dark Penta Metal (£615)

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