My wife has her 2nd Mini. I rate #2 in the household behind the Mini only because the dog died!
OK..her 1st one was a 2003 with the 5 speed. Everything considered, it was a good car and gave excellent service UNTIL the clutch went south. The cost of clutch/bearing replacement was too expensive considering the age of the car and she traded for another new one (a leftover 2010) in the spring of 2011.
I personally do not like to ride in it as I am tall, and old, and...well...I just like a larger, heavier vehicle. I have trouble getting out of the darn thing.
Your daughter may very well enjoy the car...tey appear to be a "fun" car to drive and fuel mileage is great!