Disclaimer alert: I'm very much a beginner again after being a pretty poor player 20 years ago and equally so these days.
I have had the Harley Benton enhanced PM for a couple of weeks now and it's amazing for the money. For context I also have a MIM Jazz, Ray34 and G&L Tribute L2500.
The HB is below the Ray and Tribute in terms of the 'feel' you get from the bass, but certainly on par with the MIM Jazz.
Yes the MM pickup is a bit hollow, the preamp isn't the most nuanced but it's great fun to play.
I replaced the MM with a Wilkinson MM and it's improved the sound significantly. With the blend pot centred it's very quiet but a degree or two either way and it's great.
If I were to be really picky the binding while feeling great does have the odd stain/blemish on it from construction.
Buy one, now.