NEVER auto-level up for ANYONE, EVER. The last time I auto-leveled two characters, they had literally the exact same skills and feats. Take the time to get their skills right.
"Grant Allen [...] had written a book about the Evolution of the Idea of God. [...] it would be much more interesting if God wrote a book about the evolution of the idea of Grant Allen." ~ G. K. Chesterton, The Everlasting Man