Definitely a great first car - it's my first car!
The light and quick self-centering steering wheel is great and the engine is very efficient too. Small size and camera make it very, very, easy to park and manoeuvre around town.
The only problem I have noticed when driving other cars, and others have mentioned, is the high clutch - which can make the car very easy to stall, and is why my instructor opted for a 208 instead of a 108 for his learners. I got used to it quickly so hasn't been so much of a problem for me, but I do find myself bunny hopping or pushing high revs with the clutch still in when starting on a hill. This is definitely down to my experience, but the mother who's been driving for over 35 years has the same problem.
I've got the 1.2 as I do a lot of motorway driving, servicing is due at 16,000 miles or every year, I think for the 1 litre it's fewer miles. I had a faulty water pump from around 9,000 miles but was fixed promptly under warranty.
If you really want to make your daughter happy go with the Top! version - I have this and everyone loves it. Other city cars such as the Vauxhall Adam and Hyundai i10 are much more rewarding and comfortable to drive, I must admit.
Let me know if you have any other questions!
Driving a 1.2 Allure Top! 3dr