I'd suggest it's not a great car to learn in. What you want is something which responds smoothly and slowly to inputs, and which is tolerant of abuse. The 145 has a sharp clutch, sharp brakes, sharp steering, doesn't like being curbed, doesn't have a particularly strong synchromesh, and has quite a jerky low speed throttle response In other words, it's one of those cars which responds best when you grab it by the scruff of the neck and thrash it
145's can be expensive to run but so can any car.
As they said above they are not the easiest car to drive, but the steering is light the gearchange pretty slick etc, so you don't have to be built like a brick outhouse.
Get them on a back road with a few corners though and they are very rewarding to drive.
I agree strongly with Mave, the 145 rewards a smooth driver especially with regards to the gearchanges, if you mistime your shifts the car bogs/bounces. When im tired, not concentrating as much I pay buy suffering from a rough ride
I'd recommend something cheaper to run, with a cheap clutch