I have a good bit of experience with the A6000, which isn't really that much different. Great little cameras that that will take some great images. My only drawback on the A5000 is that there is no optical viewfinder (just a personal preference). And the big deal to me is that there aren't any easy manual operation controls for your shutter/aperture, which are pretty handy features when you're trying to take pictures in low light scenarios. All in all, I'd say it's a dandy first camera that will capture some great images, but as you get more experienced with it and its capabilities, you may find yourself desiring a camera with some more features.
For someone interested in a camera would you recommend going straight one that has more features as you described? If so what would you recommend.
I would tell you yes, go for a camera with more features. I definitely agree with dotman recommending the A6000. It's feature packed little cam that can capture some amazing images. I run it primarily in full manual mode, which allows me the freedom to make quick adjustments to get the brightness and depth of field just right. HOWEVER, if you're new to running a camera, don't worry. The A6000 has a couple auto modes that work well and all you have to do is point and shoot. It takes some time to learn how to utilize some of the other shooting modes, but nothing a little googling can't teach ya!
The a6000 is a GREAT camera at a great price right now, but Sony's dedicated apsc lenses are complete garbage, luckily they have really filled out the Emount full frame line and sigma and Tamron are making great lenses as well.
Buying cameras are about the lenses and the systems, bodies are a consumable for most.
Can you change lenses on the A6000?